Flash Dinner: Sausage, Sweet Potato, Spinach and Bean Soup. It’s Soupy Weather.

Tonight’s dinner is soup. A very generic soup. Sausage, sweet potato, spinach and bean soup. It’s soupy weather.

1 onion chopped
1 rather large sweet potato diced in 1/2 – 1″ ish squares
1 package Aidells pre-cooked smoked chicken chorizo cut into rounds and then cut in half
1 can great northern beans
1 32 oz box of low sodium chicken broth
1 6oz bag of fresh spinach

In the stock pot, saute the onion in a little olive oil, saute the sausage, dump in the sweet potato and then the stock and beans. Bring it up to a boil for a few minutes, then take it down to a simmer until the potato is cooked (about 35-40 minutes). Stir in the spinach to wilt it so cook it for another 10 minutes or so.

This recipe can have so many variations. The original recipe given to me by Daniel Boris used kielbasa for the sausage and kale as the green but no beans. (with the kielbasa, I would sometimes put in a little sauerkraut if I had it).
I have another recipe for this that has no sausage in it at all but uses 1 tbs curry powder and 1 tbsp of smoked paprika instead.

It’s best to match your bean with your sausage. If you use chorizo, you can use black or pinto beans and even dump in a can of diced tomatoes to make it southwestern style.

I think I’ll puree this one for the baby without the sausage. Not sure if the toddler will eat the sausage or not, but with the bean, it doesn’t matter… more likely she’ll just eat the rest of last night’s challah instead of anything i try and give her. So yes, like all good soups, this goes great with bread or salad. But it’s pretty otherwise a fairly self-contained meal.

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