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Cold Weather Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. andouille or smoked sausage, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb. potatoes, red or Yukon gold, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Green onions and parsley, chopped for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and sauté for 5 minutes, slightly browning.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, and Creole seasoning. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken broth and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir in heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with green onions and parsley for garnish.

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