Sausage, Spinach and Butternut Squash Soup

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Sausage, Spinach and Butternut Squash Soup

I have been so busy at work I find myself exhausted every night with very little desire to do anything outside the necessary. I sometimes find it challenging to have a demanding full time job, juggling everything I love to do for my family and finding time for my favorite space on the internet. And that is why you’ll actually discover that this post is up on Saturday which is completely outside my blogging schedule.

There is something very comforting and satisfying about creating a recipe from simple and seasonal ingredients, especially when that recipe is a large pot of soup. In the past I have served butternut squash mostly as a side dish and only recently became adventurous with it. What I love most about this version is how satisfying and flavorful it is.

Sausage, Spinach and Butternut Squash Soup

This time of the year farmers markets are filled with a variety of winter squashes. Gorgeous warm hues and bright colors stand out amongst other vegetables and it’s hard to pass them by. I especially love it because the beautiful fall flowers, pumpkins and decorations remind me that my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner. That’s one holiday that gives me the warm and fuzzes.

This fiber rich soup is a sure way to satisfy even the picky non butternut squash eaters. It’s packed with tons of flavor and will please everyone. I could  eat the entire pot myself. Butternut squash is a great soup vegetable. It’s healthy, loaded with vitamins and holds up well. It comes together in just under 30 minutes and makes for a fantastic lunch the following day.

Sausage, Spinach and Butternut Squash Soup

Sausage, Spinach and Butternut Squash Soup

 

Enjoy your weekend friends.

 

5.0 from 5 reviews
Sausage, Spinach and Butternut Squash Soup
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 4 turkey sausages, casing removed, crumbled
  • ½ butternut squash, chopped into 1½ inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 28oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 good quality chicken bouillons
  • 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • ½ tsp saffron
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy soup pot or a Dutch Oven. Add crumbled turkey sausage and cook until barely pink.
  2. Add onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add water, bouillon, turmeric, saffron, beans and butternut squash. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook about 15-20 minutes until the squash is tender.
  4. Adjust seasoning, stir in spinach and turn off the heat. The spinach will wilt within a few minutes.
  5. Enjoy.

 

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Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup

Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup

This soup is a perfect transition recipe from summer to fall.  It’s a combination of my favorite vegetables that are seasonally appropriate for this time of the year. It’s not heavy yet very satisfying.

Although the cravings my favorite fall soups kicked in it hasn’t been cold enough to add them into regular dinner rotation. This time of the year I prefer the light clear broth based versions.

Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup

I am happy to share that Briana loves school. All the anxiety we dealt with last week went away and now every morning we share excitement about what the day will bring. In addition to starting first grade she is now officially a taekwondo student and I’m looking forward to seeing how this adventure progresses.

This soup is a great way to get extra vitamins into those little working back to school brains. Loaded with vegetables like kale, summer corn, carrots and peas it’s a nutrition powerhouse. Adding rice makes it super comforting.

Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup

Eating vegetable soups is actually considered one of the best immunity and health boosters. Many vitamins and minerals are water soluble and a significant percentage of these nutrients can be lost through conventional cooking methods. When you cook a soup most nutrients and minerals are saved in the broth.

Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup

I made a big batch and froze half of it. Stress free dinners are all about smart prep. I know we’ll be enjoying a bowl on one of these nights with garlic bread on the side and I won’t have to worry about dinner that night.

Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup

Have a great week everyone :)

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 4 reviews
Farmers Market Rustic Rice Soup
 
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Serves: 5-6
Ingredients
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped into ¼ inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped into ¼ inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup kale, cut into thin strips
  • ⅓ cup frozen peas
  • 1 whole corn on the cob, kernels cut off
  • ½ cup rice
  • 8 cups organic chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • 1 good quality chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • scallion, sliced thin for serving
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • salt if needed, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat canola oil in a Dutch oven then add carrot, onion, celery, rosemary, garlic and cook until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add chopped potato, corn, chicken stock and bouillon.
  3. Bring to a simmer, then add kale. Cook for 1o minutes.
  4. Stir in rice and red pepper flakes. Adjust salt if needed. Cook until the rice is done.
  5. Add peas last minute to preserve the bright green color.
  6. Serve sprinkled with scallion.

 

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Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

A delicious Corn Chowder loaded with crab and bacon is a satisfying and delicious meal especially when served with home made organic cornbread.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

I am slowly accepting the fact that the summer is almost over. The realization that the heat is not coming back came when we returned from our trip. I climbed into the pool and thought my toes were going to freeze off. I quickly climbed out and it still took me about 10 minutes to heat through. I especially noticed how moody the temperatures are. Yesterday morning I needed a cardigan since it was only 60 degrees, but then later on in the day I felt like I was having a heat exhaustion  in my suit.

Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m sure spending 5 days in Mexico with 90 degree days was not helpful. Nevertheless summer is coming to an end and part of me is sad.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

I love a good corn chowder but corn chowder with crab and bacon is a whole new game. Cornbread turned this into a complete dinner that was simply perfect. Even Briana loved it. That says a lot since I have a really hard time getting her to eat anything seafood outside of shrimp.

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon

Have a great weekend friends :)

Kathy Sig 2

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Corn Crab Chowder with Bacon
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into strips
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 fresh corn on the cob, kernels cut off
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • ⅓ cup fat free half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Heat a soup pot or a Dutch Oven over medium heat and sauté bacon until crispy. Using a slotted spoon remove bacon bits onto a paper towel lined plate leaving bacon fat in the pot.
  2. Add chopped onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Stir in thyme, potato and corn. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in chicken stock, cover and simmer until the potato is soft.
  4. Add crab meat and half & half. Adjust seasoning and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with bacon crumbles.

 

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