Creamy Italian Sausage and Potato Soup

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Creamy Italian Sausage and Potato Soup

As you can probably tell from reading my recipes, we eat very little meat in our household. We aren’t vegetarians, but I would say we are mostly vegetarian. I consider myself to be a conscientious omnivore, I do eat meat occasionally, but only meat that I know where it comes from, how it was raised, what it ate, etc. At this point the only meat in our house comes from a local farm where it was all pasture-raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics or other chemicals. We have visited the farm, we have seen the animals and we have shaken the hand of the man who does it all. This is the only way I will ever buy meat for our home. It feels right. This fall we shared a pig with my parents. We have more pork that you can even imagine in our freezer. At home I would say we probably enjoy pork once or twice a month and chicken once a month. I have a good supply of this wonderful ground italian sausage that is unlike anything you can ever imagine. So tasty, sweet, subtly spicy and not too greasy, it is perfect. Without the ability to make patties and throw them on the grill (it is WAY too cold for that), I was trying to think of some winter friendly ways to enjoy the sausage. I thought a nice hearty soup would be perfect. I was torn between a tomato-based vegetable pasta sausage soup but then I thought something creamy and hearty sounded even better (though I plan to make that first soup soon).

This soup was really incredible, spicy and creamy with a nice green crunch from the spinach. The fresh herbs were wonderful, though dried will do if you can’t find fresh. I wanted it to be nice and brothy and wanted more servings so I used about 7 or 8 cups of chicken broth, you can certainly go with less, 5 or 6, if you want it to be a chunkier and less brothy soup. I also decided to go with half and half versus heavy cream to keep it a bit lighter per serving, but heavy cream would certainly be delicious and with less broth you would have a nice thick soup, just a bit fewer servings. Oh and the freshly grated parmesan cheese on top really sets this soup over the edge. It is the perfect finishing move.

*I am not at all crazy about the photo of this soup, it was hard to photograph with all the lovely bits, and I forgot to put the cheese on top for the photo, but you get the idea.

Creamy Italian Sausage and Potato Soup
serves 6-8

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound of ground Italian pork sausage, local, pasture-raised and free from hormones and antibiotics
6-8 cups of organic chicken broth, low sodium
5 small russet potatoes, washed and cut into 1 inch cubes with the skins still on
1/2 cup of fresh basil, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (more if you like spicy)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup of organic half and half
2 cups of coarsely cut spinach
1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Place the olive oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. When the pan is hot add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion gets soft. At this point add the Italian Sausage and cook until its browned. Our sausage isn’t very greasy so I didn’t need to pour any out, if your sausage produces a lot of grease pour some off before adding the soup.

In a large stock pot over medium-high heat add in the chicken broth, potatoes, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and bring to a simmer, allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

After the soup has been simmering add the sausage, onion and garlic mixture and cook another 5-10 minutes. After it is done simmering, add in the half and half and stir. Reduce the heat and be sure it doesn’t boil. Cook another 2 minutes. Taste the soup, add more salt and pepper to taste. More red pepper flakes if you want it spicier.

Remove the soup from the heat, add in the spinach and cover. Let it sit for an additional 3-5 minutes until the spinach is cooked.

Ladle the soup in your bowls and sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese.

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10 Responses

  1. gradyroy says:

    Looks fabulous, will surely try it out. Thanks!

  2. Tes says:

    Wow your soup looks so amazing. It sounds comforting and delcious. Normally I wouldn’t like potato soup that much..but this one yummm…with sausage and it sounds flavourful ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. italian sausage and potato, now thats a winning combo! and im drooling over your muffins in the last post!!! YUM <3

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  5. this looks amazingly delicious! i love your photography too.

    • Tasty Yummies says:

      It’s so so delicious and the perfect hearty cold-weather soup! Thanks for the compliment on my photos, I still wish they were better, but I hope that will come with more practice.

  6. Ellen says:

    Just made this and I loved it! I made my own italian sausage and added some red pepper and celery for extra veggies. LOVED it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  7. Aliece says:

    I just made this soup with what I had in the house today. Being a GF/ DF house, creamed coconut was substituted for half and half and the parm was omitted. Still a fabulous soup, thank you for sharing!

    • tastyyummies says:

      Yum good to know. I have since removed dairy from my diet, so I haven’t made this in likely two years. Glad to know it is still delicious. Thanks so much for sharing and taking time to comment!

  8. Traci says:

    My co-worker brought this into work yesterday, and my GOODNESS it was the best soup I have had in a very long time. I’m super impressed and had to write down her recipe, when she said she got it from your blog. Now I’m going to make it for my family this weekend. I’m so stoked!! Thank you for living and making this delicious in a pot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Defiantly a new favorite!

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