Simple soup for lazy days and runny noses.

When I was a kid, there was nothing quite like the way one of my mom’s aromatic soups would fill the house and give me a sense…home.

From the most complex bisques to the simplest of recipes with no more than a little stock, some pasta and a few root vegetables, I’m obsessed with how a warm bowl can make me feel. And this week has been no exception.

Rob and I have been cooped up in our house most of the holiday. We’re both sick and hibernating, watching movies and playing classic Nintendo (check out this site - addictive stuff.) I’m not a big fan of staying indoors for too long though – I’ve not much of a homebody – I’ll admit it’s nice to just enjoy our kitchen and get cozy in the kitchen.

Today I made this soup (see above?) with whatever we had left in the fridge and pantry.  It turned out to be just what we needed to make us feel a little less “cooped” and little more cozy. Wishing you lazy afternoon and relaxing nights.



Sandy’s Simple Soup

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cooking onion, chopped
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2 c kale, chopped (I used frozen kale to make life a little easier)
8-10 ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
12 c of stock (I used a mix of chicken and vegetable for added flavor)
1/2 c turkey sausage (optional, but I love the smokiness it adds)

-1 tbsp garlic powder
-1/2 tsp chili flakes
-sprig of fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tbsp dried)
-salt + pepper to taste

What you do:
In a saucepan on medium heat, sautee  the onions and give them a sprinkle of salt (to get the juices flowing) and add the chili flakes. Allow the onions to become translucent and soften before adding the tomatoes. Allow them to soften, too. Then add the cubed sweet potato and let all the veggies cook down for 8-10 minutes (watch that the onions don’t burn!) Then, add the kale, sausage and allow it all to stew down for another 5 minutes (your kitchen should start filling with the best aroma by now). Add the stock and spices, give the soup a good, sturdy stir, then let it simmer for 50 more minutes (this is the hard part… because it smells so good). But be patient. It’s worth it.