Surf and Turf in a Soup

photo 2The jury is still out on whether a soup featuring sausage is actually a soup or, rather, a sausage delivery device. Based on my kids’ responses to this dish, it’s probably more of the latter. They have fallen in love with this soup and now plead with me to make it over and over again. Yes, I know that it contains too much sausage, even of the healthy kind, but a bowl of this soup warms you from the inside out. And with the added taste complexity, it takes you on an interesting flavor adventure that might well be worth the sausage extravagance. Come and cook with us!

One of the reasons we love visiting the Grandparents is because Anne always has the cornerstones of the menu plan worked out. The calendar is packed with delicious and healthy meals, often soups, one of which I’m sharing with you today. I fell in love with it the first time I tasted it. Coming from the high mountains of the Central Alps, we usually don’t have clams or their juice in our dishes. This is different. The flavors of the mushrooms, sausage and clam juice come together beautifully, and while I usually skip adding the clams, they give the dish another dimension worth exploring.  And by choosing healthier sausage options that are not packed with preservatives and lots of additives, I can indulge the family without feeling too bad about feeding them something that in our house is considered a “sometimes” food.

If sausage is not one of your cravings, surprisingly quick and tasty soups can be made with just a few vegetables, water, stock and a dash of tamari, miso or herbs. One way to do it is to boil the water or stock first, to keep the veggies from getting soggy. Then add the harder vegetables (like the winter roots, squash and stems) and cook until nearly soft. Next add the light ones (such as greens, celery, cauliflower, broccoli tops) and simmer until just crunchy or tender. Flavor to taste and garnish with parsley, chives, cilantro or green onion. There are so many different ways to make delicious soup, particularly during these colder winter months, that having a pot of soup simmering on the stove is a great start to many a meal for this time of year.

The mushroom, sausage and clam soup has currently my children’s favorite winter soup. Do take a look, give it a try and let us know what you think. I hope you love it as much as we do. Come and cook with us!

Spicy sausage and clam soup

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