Smokey Farmhouse Soup
February 15, 2017
Cold weather calls for soups, and this simple, hearty, smokey soup does just the trick: root vegetables get simmered and pureed with an intoxicating blend of savory spices and then beefed up with chunks of smoked sausage and curly green kale. The perfect meal after a long day full of winter chores, hopefully next to a fireplace.
1Melt butter over medium-low heat in a large soup pot. Cook onions in the butter for 8-10 minutes, until slippery and slightly transparent. Add whole garlic cloves, minced carrot and spices, stir and cook for 2 more minutes being careful not to burn (especially in the center of your pot directly over heat source.)
2While the onions are cooking, peel and chop the rest of your veggies-- the rutabaga or turnips, the sweet potato, and the potatoes--to roughly 1/2" pieces.
3Add vegetables to the pot with the onions, and toss to coat in the spices. Cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
4Add stock/water and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Reduce heat and simmer until veggies are soft (about 10-15 more minutes.) Remove from heat
5Purée using an immersion blender or in a standing blender in batches. Add more stock or water if necessary to thin. Add back to pot and set oven medium heat once more.
6Stir in slices of sausage and kale and simmer 5-10 minutes or until sausage is totally warm throughout (smoked sausage is already full cooked, it just needs reheating.) Serve warm with some freshly cracked black pepper on top.