Sausage Potato Chard Soup

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Bite of Sausage Potato Chard soup

I’m back with my CSA and loving the challenge of using what I get week-to-week. Every basket is an adventure!

This week 4 things really stood out for me.

Sausage Potato Chard soup ingredients

Fresh pork sausage, onion, potatoes, and swiss chard. I immediately thought: Soup!

At first I thought the potatoes were just regular old white ones.

White Potato?

But when I cut into it I realized I was wrong.

Not a white potato

After looking up the basket info on the site, I discovered it was an O’Henry Sweet Potato?

Yeah, I never heard of it either! But apparently according to this seed site they are a golden flesh, dryer, more sweet variety of sweet potato.

Even if you’ve never been a fan of sweet potatoes before—you have to try O’Henry. Unique flavor is reminiscent of nuts and honey, not at all heavy and cloying. Your mouth will be watering before you even get it out of the oven—while baking it fills your kitchen with the aroma of sweet, warm honey. Golden flesh is string less and slightly drier than traditional sweet potatoes.

Even better, I thought, something new!

I love when I get to go down uncharted food territory for me. Sometimes it doesn’t work out but this soup came out AMAZING! Way better than I ever anticipated! I’m having a bowl right now and it’s so tasty and satisfying. The sausage adds a wonderful flavor to the broth. The weird white sweet potatoes are creamy, delicious and compliment the sausage and chard perfectly. I haven’t had a chance to give any to the kids but the Husband surprisingly agreed with me and he’s kind of an old school chicken and noodle guy.

Sausage Potato Chard SoupI’m going to share how I made it but remember if you don’t have those O’Henry Sweet Potatoes available any potatoes would probably work. You could also take the casing off turkey sausage if you wanted to make it a little lighter.

Here’s what I did…

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 lb fresh pork sausage
  • 5 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 O’Henery Potatoes cut into small squares (I left the skin on)
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch swish chard
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Spray a soup pot with some non-stick cooking spray and begin to sauté the onion, garlic and celery. Add the sausage and break apart while it browns. Add the potatoes and continue to cook everything until the sausage is no longer pink.

Sausage Potato Chard soup

Add the broth and bring it to a boil

I used 2 store bought low sodium cartons.

chicken broth carton

Once it boils, lower to a simmer and prepare the chard.

Swiss Chard stalk

I decided not to put all the chard in the soup as it wilts and wilts fast! Instead I removed the stalks.

stalk removed from chard

To remove all you need to do is grab the leafy part and pull upward.

I did this with each leave, then loosely shopped and placed in a large ziplock back with a paper towel to help keep them fresh.

When I was ready to serve I grabbed a handful of the chard and put it in a bowl.

chard in the bowl

Then I simply poured the soup overtop.

Soup poured on top of the chard

The hot soup wilts the chard perfectly without overcooking it. In my opinion this is the secret to soups with greens in them. You almost have to treat them as a garnish more then a major ingredients because if you add them too early they get overcooked and just make the soup look unappetizing.

That’s it! I found a small sprinkle of parmesan cheese was a great compliment and my goal with every spoonful was a small bite of sausage, potato and chard all together.

Bite of Sausage Potato Chard soup

I LOVE this combo!

Be prepared for more soup ideas. I’m obsessed at the moment!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 Just about 2 cups
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
200 12g 2g old: 5 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
3g 4g 15g 9g
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  1. Krista

    I was just talking to a friend the other day about chard and how it tastes like dirt to me. She suggested I try it in soup with a squeeze of lemon. And now your soup really has me wanting to try it again. It looks really delicious and has some fantastic, yet simple ingredients.

  2. JoAnna

    Yes! an Awesome combo… like a skinny-ized version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscano ( sans the cream) Atta girl Ronnie…
    We are part of the “Good Food Box” here in Canada and I too am having fun with what we get each week which forces me to think outside my box. And what do you know? It’s fun there!
    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

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