Winter is a time where I am craving warming foods such as soups and stews. Be sure to try my broccoli and pecan soup and my paleo shrimp bisque. They are also great winter soups and a wonderful way to enjoy your healthy bone broth. I created this beautiful and delicious soup from items I had in my kitchen. This really could be called a kitchen sink soup because you could easily substitute ingredients with what you have on hand.
I have made this soup for my husband a number of times and he keeps asking me to make it. It is so fast and easy to throw together. One thing that helps in maximizing your time in the kitchen is what is called mise en place. This is French for “everything in its place”. It is basically a way of organizing all your ingredients so you don’t have to look for ingredients while you are cooking. I normally organize the spices and herbs in one area, the proteins and fats in another and the vegetables together. It definitely saves me time and keeps me organized. I like to clean up as I go too so I don’t have a big mess after everything is cooked!
Back to the soup. The soup is full of warming ingredients. Sweet potatoes, sausage and the spices are all “warming” for the body. Therefore, it is a great soup to cook in the fall or winter. It is also good to cook if you are cold natured, such as if your hands and feet are always cold.
I used to think that some people just get cold easily and there was no explanation for it. If you are cold all the time, you need to eat more warming foods in order to rev up your metabolism. This is a Traditional Chinese Medicine concept. If you begin eating warming foods and spices, they will warm your body! Stay away from cold drinks and salads. These will only lower your body temperature and keep you cold. Don’t get me wrong, foods like salads, fruit and cold drinks are great in the summer, but they aren’t great to consume in other seasons of the year. Furthermore, you may even need to avoid these foods in the spring and summer if you are struggling to maintain a regular body temperature!
I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
- ⅓ cup red onion, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, chopped or minced
- 2 organic celery stalks, chopped (I used my Tower Garden celery since it is overflowing!)
- 1 large organic sweet potato, cubed
- 2-3 tbsp pasture raised butter, pasture raised lard or coconut oil
- 1 lb pasture raised mild Italian ground sausage
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- ¼ tsp organic ground ginger
- ½ tsp organic turmeric
- ½ tsp organic cloves
- ½ tsp organic cinnamon
- ½ tsp organic allspice
- dash of organic nutmeg
- 1 quart pasture raised chicken broth (how to make)