Monday, July 1, 2013

A Farm Share Sausage Soup

This summer we decided to get a share from a local farm; Troggs Hollow. It was a way to insure fresh veggies all summer. So far we have only had two weeks worth and being so early in the season it has been almost all greens. 

I have a sausage potato soup that I have been making for quite a few years now and I decided to spruce it up a bit with our veggie share. I use a smoked sausage in it but ham or bacon would be just as good. For this batch I used hakurei turnips, and dinosaur kale. I usually have homemade chicken/turkey stock but I'm out and need to make a fresh batch so I had to use some store bought this time. I also added 5 red potatoes. Onion is also good in this but I didn't have any this time.
Ingredients for Soup Including Fresh Hakurei Turnips and Dinosaur Kale

I start out by browning the sausage. Then, I cubed the turnips and potatoes and ripped the veins out of the kale. Since all parts of the turnips are edible I also coarsely chopped up the turnip greens.I add in the stock and make sure to scrape all the yummy bits up from the bottom of the pot. Next, I add in the potatoes and turnips. I add my seasoning at this point as well. I use thyme (fresh is best but I had to use dried this time), parsley, red pepper for a kick, and some black pepper. If salt is needed add it at the end. If you add it at this point it gets absorbed by the potatoes. I bring the pot to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Keep the simmer going for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the potatoes and turnips are fork tender. During the last 5 minutes of simmering time I added the kale to a separate skillet with some bacon drippings (you can use butter but Owen has dairy issues so I try to not use it here). I cook it for around 2-3 minutes and then add it to the pot of soup at the end. I pull out a serving for Owen (keeping it dairy free for him) then I add about a 1/4 c. of heavy cream. I bring it back up to a simmer but only for about 5 minutes (don't let it get back up to a rolling boil or the cream will separate).

  Serve as is and enjoy or top with some shredded cheese to melt in. This soup went over so well in our house that every last drop was eaten...none for left-overs! That is saying something since Hugh is such a picky eater.

Farm Share Sausage Soup

1 lb. Smoked Sausage/Ham/Bacon
Turnips (I used 4 Hakurei Turnips)
Turnip Greens
Kale (any kind would be good, I used dinosaur kale)
5 red potatoes
4 cups chicken/turkey stock
1/4 c. heavy cream
1 T. bacon drippings (for dairy free) or 1 T. butter
2 T. parsley
2 t. dried thyme or 4 fresh sprigs
red pepper to taste
black pepper to taste
salt to taste

Cut and brown sausage/ham/bacon in the bottom of a 5 quart or larger pot. Wash and cube the potatoes and turnips. Rip the veins out of the kale and chop kale and turnip greens. Add stock and stir to get all the browned bits off the bottom. Add the potatoes, turnips, parsley, thyme, and peppers. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer for around 20 - 25 minutes or until the potatoes and turnips are fork tender. In a separate skillet heat up the bacon drippings/butter and add the kale and turnip greens. Turning the greens to coat with the fat and working to wilt the greens; only for around 2 - 3 minutes. Add the greens to the soup. If you are going for dairy free the soup is ready to be served. If you would like a cream based soup, add the 1/4 c. cream at this point. Simmer (but not boil) for a few more minutes. Serve and enjoy.
This makes around 10 servings of soup if you are serving it with a meal. If this is "the meal" (as it was for us) then you only get around 5 or 6 servings.

The great thing about this soup is how easy it is to add any type of veggie or bean or change up the meat or leave the meat out all together. Enjoy this as much as we did!


  1. Giving this a go tonight, but we're using Italian sausage and no turnips! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

  2. Sounds great! I hope you enjoy it. I have never tried it with Italian sausage. You will have to let me know how it is!