This summer I have had the luxury of a Farmer’s Market, held every Saturday, at a park right next to my neighborhood.
It has been fantastic. I love going each week…I have my own little stand there where I sell bread…but that is another story for a different time…today’s story is about all the delicious produce that I come home with every week….carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beets, lemon grass, jalapenos, etc etc etc.
Fresh produce really is like heaven on earth and I feel like we have been eating like kings with all the great soups, salads, and stir fry we have been making.
And since October happens to be “Sausage Month” I thought it only fitting to share one of my husbands favorite Farmer’s Market inspired soups. (We actually ate it last night for dinner!)
So without further ado here is an easy and delicious soup recipe that we have been calling our “End of Summer” soup.
1 lb mild Italian sausage
1 small yellow onion diced
1/2 cup diced carrots
4 small potatoes diced
1 cup of kale or swiss chard diced
1 can great northern beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can diced tomatoes (not drained)
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 tablespoon basil (or Italian Seasoning)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
How to Prepare:
1. In a large pot brown your sausage. As it is getting brown add your onions and carrots to start softening them.
2. Add your tomatoes, broth, basil, potatoes and garlic and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce to a simmer and add your beans and kale.
4. Once your carrots are soft your soup is done.
Serve with parmesan cheese and a big slice of crusty bread and enjoy!
*In the photograph the greens next to the bowl are kale…which is great in this soup…but I prefer to use Swiss Chard (and that is what is inside the soup bowl) because I like the taste and texture a little better. However, you could switch out either option for spinach if you like it better!