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Sausage, Kale, and Navy Bean Soup

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While it’s still cold and soup still sounds good, I wanted to get another soup recipe up here. This is one I adapted from a Food in Jars┬ápost, and canned to send to friends and family for Christmas. Even though it has sausage in it, there isn’t a lot, and it has a bunch of vegetables, so it’s pretty healthy.

Start by softening the beans by soaking them overnight or, if you have a pressure cooker, cook them for 30 minutes in that.

Then add some olive oil to a large pot and once it’s hot, cook the vegetables until softened and browned.

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Next, add the sausage to the pot and brown it.

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Canning, Healthy, Soup

 

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Winter Ribollita

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With all the rain and cold we’ve had lately, I’ve definitely been in the mood for soups. I’ve also been canning and freezing them for Christmas gifts, which adds significantly to the soup-creation workload. Today I made a soup that my mother sent me the recipe for, that neither of us had ever tried. It’s absolutely fantastic, chock full of vegetables, and very similar to minestrone. A friend described it as “minestrone, but better.”

You start by cooking a bit of pancetta (I used bacon), and then adding olive oil (or in my case draining off some of the fat).

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Add some onions, carrots, celery, and any extra vegetables you want to throw in. I added a cucumber, because I had one laying around and it sounded good. Saute until soft, 8-10 minutes, then add some garlic, salt, and pepper.

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Healthy, Soup

 

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The best soup for a cold

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I don’t like calling a dish the ‘best’ unless it’s truly amazing. After having this soup last night, though, both a fellow sick friend and I felt much, much better. It’s spicy, has a rich broth, and plenty of vegetables and turkey. You could also use any other vegetables you feel like throwing in there, like diced cucumbers, onions, mushrooms, snow peas, or bean sprouts. It’s absolutely fantastic, and I highly recommend it for all those who are sick out there right now.

You start by dicing up a bunch of bok choy (or cabbage if you can’t find any) and scallions, grating some carrots, and mincing a few cloves of garlic and some ginger.

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Pour some sesame oil into a saucepan or stockpot on medium heat, and once the oil is hot, cook the turkey, most of the scallions, the ginger, and the garlic until the turkey is no longer pink.

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Healthy, Soup

 

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A hearty, healthy soup

With cold weather setting in, I thought I’d post a nice hearty soup recipe today. I’ll admit right up front that this isn’t the tastiest soup ever, but it’s hearty and healthy and still pretty darn good. Given that I’ll be posting about spiced nuts, chocolate pots de creme, turkey pot pies, and other indulgent Thanksgiving foods this week, I thought I’d at least throw in something good for you to start. And you might want to scale this down… I made it to be pressure canned, so you can see that it makes a ton of soup. For normal cooking, I’d suggest cutting it all in half or so.

So, choose a bunch of your favorite vegetables, and chop them all up. I used onions, garlic, celery, cucumbers, carrots, corn, and cabbage. Then once that’s all done, start browning some sausage.

When that’s cooked, remove it from the pot and cook your vegetables.

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Soup

 

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