Nothing makes me happier than using what I have on hand to make an amazing meal from scratch. Well, nothing besides the kids actually eating their dinner without complaint. Oh! And ice cream on a hot summer day. And puppy kisses. *smiles* I like puppies.
Sorry, I've been easily distracted today.
Anyway, I made the MOST AMAZING SOUP! No really, like lick-the-bowl good and I only used 5 ingredients, one of them being an onion so that doesn't even count because onion is like in everything, isn't it?
This is what I pulled out of my pantry.
And here's why…
- I got beef breakfast sausage in last week's farm share. Now, I LOVE breakfast sausage but I'm the only one in the house who does. And I really don't want to be eating breakfast sausage for the next month so I decided to use it as a basis for my soup.
- I have also gotten a LOT of sweet potatoes from the farm these past few weeks and although I can kind-of get my kids to eat them I am also the only one in the house who LOVES them. So I've been finding ways to use them up before they rot. Solution: Add them to soup!
- I've been trying to keep at least 1 carton of beef broth and one carton of chicken broth in my pantry at all times. It makes whipping up soups like today possible.
- The frozen peas were my solution to not having anything else green in the house. At first I was thinking kale or chard or something but I've been there and done that. Plus I didn't have any on hand. What I did have was peas and they seemed like a good addition.
- My sweet onion half was all I had in the onion department. I already used up all the red ones I got from the farm. I tend to use a lot of onion even though I'm not the biggest fan. It's just how I start out most dishes, especially soups
I pulled this together midday and the result was UNBELIEVABLY good. EVEN the husband thought so!!
Did you hear me? The Husband. My Husband. He liked this soup. That pretty much means anyone would. I mean, anyone.
Here's what I did. I hope you can create a similar yumminess at home using what you have on hand.
- ½ sweet onion, chopped
- 8oz (274g) beef breakfast sausage links, cut into chunks
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed (I only used the big one pictured; it was just under 400g)
- 1 carton (32oz) beef broth
- 1 12oz bag of frozen peas
Heat a pot over medium-high heat, spray with non-stick cooking spray and start to cook the onions.
Add the cut sausage. To do this I simply used my kitchen shears and cut chunks right into the pot.
It's far faster and cleaner than trying to cut with a knife. Just be sure to wash the scissors when done.
While the sausage and onion are cooking, chop the sweet potato into small cubes. Add it to the pot.
Toss everything together and let it cook a minute or two.
Add the broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it just starts to boil, cover and simmer on low. I cooked mine for about 40 minutes as I was preoccupied with other things, 25 would have been fine. My potatoes were a little overdone.
Once the potatoes are cooked to your liking, add the frozen peas. Stir.
Wait 2 minutes then serve! The peas will still pop and be fresh in the bowl!
I love when simple ingredients make amazing dishes.
I ended up with exactly 8 cups of soup. There's 2 cups in the bowl pictured which I think is a great serving size but I'll give you the info per cup in case you want to have it more as a side dish than a meal. It's easier to double than halve.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|150||3g||4g||old: 2.5||new: 4|