Homestyle Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup

Homestyle Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup

On a cold and misty day, my mom and I meandered down a paved path in the bay area. My mom stopped on the side of the path and held a tree's leaves between her fingers. "Laurel trees," she explained, and when I still didn't quite get it she said, "Bay Leaves."

I've never given bay leaves their dues: they are easy to skip, as a whole pot of soup usually only calls for one or two leaves. They are subtle, so skipping them is never the end of the world. But delicate flavors have always ranked high in my mom's book: florals, herbals, and creams. 

In the winter she'd make soups with leeks and kielbasa, and stir in cream or (and) shredded provolone at the last minute before turning off the heat. She never skipped the bay leaves. 

Homestyle Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup
Homestyle Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup

This soup is an ode to that day, when I discovered how beautiful laurel trees are and remembered why bay leaves are so important. It is nothing fancy: onions, potatoes, sausage, and spinach in a creamy broth. But simplicity is key here, as you can throw it all in the pot (along with two bay leaves), and let it simmer while you change into slippers, pour a glass of wine, or nibble on a cheese plate. 

Winter officially "arrives" this week, which makes it the perfect time to make a simple cozy soup. Bites of spicy sausage and slurps of flavorful broth will warm you to the bone.

Homestyle Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup

Homestyle Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup

Published December 19, 2017 by
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Serves: 8   |    Total Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 4 sausages (about 1/2 pound); I used Teton Waters Ranch Hot Links (available at Costco) but you can experiment here. Try kielbasa or spicy Italian to mix it up!
  • 2 cups new potatoes, quartered 
  • 2 large carrots, diced small
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • Dash cayenne 
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • 4 cups baby spinach 

Directions:

    Instant Pot Instructions:
  1. Heat coconut oil in the bottom of your Instant Pot (affiliate link) on the sauté setting. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  2. Slice sausages into bite sized pieces, and add to pot, browning for 3-5 minutes. Then, add potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, broth, pepper, salt and dash of cayenne.
  3. Turn Instant Pot to Soup setting, seal lid, and set timer for 10 minutes.
  4. When the timer goes off, release pressure and open pot. Stir in spinach and cream. The spinach will wilt from the heat of the soup. Add additional salt & pepper to taste, and serve hot.

    Stove Top Instructions:
  1. Heat coconut oil in the bottom of a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  2. Slice sausages into bite sized pieces, and add to pot, browning for 3-5 minutes. Then, add potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, broth, pepper, salt and dash of cayenne.
  3. Bring soup to a simmer, and place lid on pot. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Turn off heat and, stir in spinach and cream. The spinach will wilt from the heat of the soup. Add additional salt & pepper to taste, and serve hot.