Friday, February 22, 2013

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Chicken Sausage


There are some things I really stink at.  Like, I am terrible at these things.

Keeping my closet organized would be one of them.


I mean, I do get it organized again every week or so.  But in the meantime?  Eh.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Keeping up with my nails.  Oh man. You do not want to see them on a regular basis.  Broken, chipped paint, hang nails.  Sigh.  It is not (usually) a pretty sight.



Turning in paperwork on time.  Getting out of bed when my alarm goes off.  Sending thank-you cards.

All things I suck at.


But there is something I am really good at --> making soup.

Chop, toss, and cook.

Really, what can go wrong?


Hallelujah for soup!


INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pack of chicken sausage, cut into 1/2 inch cubes    
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed well   
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 small red-skinned potatoes (4 to 5 ounces total), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 bunches asparagus (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch
  • One 6-ounce container plain yogurt
  • 1/4 whole wheat country loaf, for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat; add the sausage and cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate. Add the leek and garlic to the pot and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a simmer; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the potatoes are almost tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the asparagus and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Scoop out 1/2 cup asparagus pieces and set aside for garnish. Using a blender and working in VERY SMALL batches, puree the soup. Return the soup to the pot, whisk in the yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle the sausage and asparagus pieces on top and serve with the bread.

COST: $8.50  COST PER SERVING (4): $2.13

15 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of garlic and can eat soup all year round! I love to follow you religiously on FB and was delighted to find this asparagus soup today. There is one small problem though. The ingredients are printed in a grid of dots making it almost impossible to read. I'm sure it wasn't intended...just wanted to let you know. Keep up the great work (and I'd really love a print and pin option - just lazy me).
    Cheers, Janet

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    1. My apologies...I found Pinterest on your FB page :)

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    2. Thanks for letting me know! It doesn't show up on my browser, but I searched through another one and found it. All taken care of now :) Honestly, THANK YOU!

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    3. You're very welcome...now to make soup! :)

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  2. Tiffany - gorgeous photos as always! And I LOVE asparagus so I am totally going to try this recipe (I need more healthy soup recipes...)
    Also - my nails are horrid. I mean...I am probably the worst style blogger out there when it comes to nails. I just hate doing them. So it's good to read when others are the same way :)
    Hope you are having a great weekend!!
    xo - Marion

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    1. Good! I am not the only one, and that makes me feel better :)

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  3. Sounds yummy! I`m not a fan of asparagus, but this soup sounds delicious!

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    1. Try it and see if it changes your mind...

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  4. Oh my gosh... YUM! This is going on my dinner menu!

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    1. Please do! And let me know how it goes!

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  5. Oh my! Going to have to try this soon... I love asparagus!

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  6. Have you ever made this Lowe carb?

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    1. You know, I don't really know much about counting carbs. It isn't something I think about ever. So I can't help you on that :( Sorry!

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  7. Hi, this is a great post. I wondered if you would like to link it in to the new Food on Friday which is running right now over at Carole's Chatter. We are collecting recipes using carrots and/or leeks. This is the link . I hope you pop over to check it out. There are lots of great recipes already linked in.

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