Monday, January 21, 2013

From The Kitchen: A Soup To Warm You


A Bowl Of Winter Soup

It was warmish and then cold this weekend. The weather is just crazy.

Saturday night the temps dropped and it was the perfect time for a Winter soup.

I made this one up on the fly, letting my pantry and fridge dictate what went into it.

We both thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's an easy one, and it did warm us up. Bonus? There was enough leftover to have it for supper last night too.

This soup has Spanish and Italian components. and they worked very well together.  I put this soup in the oven, so that it gained more flavor from the roasting.

Hot Cha Cha Chipotle Sausage Zuppa
preheat oven to 350F

4 Sweet Italian Sausages
5 Pints of Water
2 large potatoes- chopped
1 large onion- chopped
1 small can of tomato paste
3 chipotles- chopped
1 tbs of Better Than Boullion- Chicken
1 tbs Oregano
1 tsp cumin

Brown the sausage, and place on paper towels to remove any grease.  In stock pot add 3 pints of water and all other ingredients (boullion, potato, onion, paste, chipotles, oregano, cumin) and stir to mix. Cut sausage into slices, and then halve some of the slices. Add to pot.  Put pot in oven for one hour. Stir occasionally. Add another pint at half hour and another pint 10 minutes before done, so that it keeps soup consistency (or it will become more stew like). Serve in mug or bowl with bread on the side.

Perfectly hearty for a Winter meal.

Today is still cold. The forecast is for snow later today and overnight. Which is good because, even
with the cold, the warmth we had melted most of the snow we got last week. Time for a fresh layering of white.

On this MLK day I like to remember all of the people who have fought and continue to fight for equal rights....whether it's union organizers, suffragettes or civil rights leaders.  I wish we lived in a world where the fight for equal rights wasn't necessary anymore. Unfortunately, there are so many people in the world who are enslaved by demeaning laws which do not reflect what our forefathers spoke to, but they themselves didn't fully embrace as they should have......that all men are created equal

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a great day wherever you are.

Ciao for now,



  1. Replies
    1. so do's just so darn good. and we love it year round. it doesn't have to be cold.

  2. Replies
    1. last night we topped the leftovers with dumplings. mmmmm.

  3. YUM!!! Soup is a go to in our home during winter. Your soup looks and sounds tres delicious!!!.xo HHL

  4. The soup looks good! And it's still cold! I've got soup on my to do list today. :)

    1. perfect winter day for soup..............even though we didn't get snow, it's not exactly warm. ;)

  5. That looks amazing. I would love to try it. I would have to use a turkey sausage since we don't eat pork in this household.

    1. Absolutely.............turkey sausage, chicken sausage, even a nice veggie sausage would do fine.


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