My dinner planning usually goes one way. I see what is in the fridge and make something based on what will go bad first. I still had some of the bulk sausage and a large bag of potatoes. Soup time! Soup is generally a great way to use up veggies too. At least in my house.
Here is what I gathered before I started to cook:
1/3 lb gf bulk spicy sausage
1 small yellow onion-chopped
3 medium potatoes- peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
2 carrots-peeled and chopped
2 ribs of celery-chopped
3 cloves of garlic-minced (you can use less, I just love it)
1 can of tomatoes. I used Glen Muir because it was in the cabinet. They do have a nice flavor.
1 container of chicken stock (32 oz) + 2 cups of water
1 medium zuchini-chopped into half moons
1 tablespoon parsley (Fresh if you have it. Chopped)
1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning
Salt/pepper to taste
Serve with shredded parmesan cheese.
How I cooked it
1. Brown the sausage in a large dutch oven. Once it was cooked I removed the sausage and put it to the side. I did not clean the pan.
2. In the sausage grease I cooked the Mirepoix. That is just a fancy name for the onions, celery and carrots. I cooked this about 5 minutes
3. Add in my garlic and cooked for another minute or two
4. I added the stock/water, tomatoes and my potatoes. I brought this up to a boil then reduced the temperature and covered the pot.
5. After 5 minutes I checked on it and added my zucchini and Italian Seasoning. Covered again and continue to simmer.
6. Once I felt the potatoes were close to cooked, I added the sausage back to the pot along with the parsley.
From here I just kept the burner to low and let the flavors blend. Taste. I added the salt/pepper and the end. I found that using the spicy sausage added a lot of flavor. The stock always adds salt. So season to your preference.
I served this for dinner, so reviewing was my family. (Me, my husband and our son) For my son’s bowl I served his soup over rice to bulk it up.
For the adults, we ate it more like a soup. We did add a bit of parmesan cheese and this was a nice touch.
Overall, I was very happy with how it turned out. I did not follow any recipe, just my basic soup making knowledge. I went for seconds!
Now, my son did not mention that he hated it at first. He just pushed it around for 15 minutes without really eating anything. He said he was not hungry. I called him out. I asked if he did not really like it and he said yes. I told him that was his only dinner choice, so when he was hungry he would have to come back to it. I would save it. I even told him that he would have it for breakfast the next morning. But his next meal would be the soup!