We had this for dinner tonight, and it was so delicious! I came up with the recipe as I went, trying to incorporate/use a lot of the veggies I had sitting in the fridge. ~ The type of stuff that comes in our co-op basket and doesn't get used up right away because nobody much cares for it.
The soup was definitely much better than the sum of its parts!! I'll call this recipe...
Autumn's Bounty Soup
2 tbsp butter
1/2 large onion
2-3 cloves garlic
8-10 cups broth (chicken, beef, and/or vegetable)
2 stalks celery
2 large carrots
1 head cauliflower
1 butternut squash
1 bunch kale
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 cup heavy cream, half and half, or whole milk
1. Wash, peel and/or dice all vegetables.
2. In a large pot, sautee onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant. Add broth, and all other vegetables except for the kale.
3. Cover and simmer gently until vegetables are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Next, use a potato masher or stick blender to mash the ingredients a little without pureeing them.
4. While soup is simmering, cook up sausage in a frying pan, breaking it into small pieces. When soup is ready, add sausage. Remove pot from heat, and gently stir in cream.
5. Season to taste with spices. You will only need tiny bits of each, as the broth and seasonings in the sausage will already give the soup a lot of flavor. Add bouillon cube or Vegeta for additional flavor, if you like.
6. Stir torn pieces of kale into soup. Serve with hot buttered French bread on the side. Enjoy!