Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup

April showers bring May flowers. I have to keep reminding myself of that when it rains all day long. And in between moments of crazy rain and sun peeking through clouds, I want to sit at my kitchen table reading a magazine & eating a bowl of soup. This fantasy includes a hunk of garlic bread, as most fantasies do.

One of my go-to soups is this Sausage Soup I made years ago. I’ve probably made it as many times as I’ve seen The Royal Tenenbaums (which is A LOT). When I was flipping through one of my old Everyday Food Magazines (sniff sniff! So sad they shut down) I found this recipe and realized I had all of the ingredients at my disposal.

It’s like having a bowl of pasta, a bowl of soup, and a salad all in one. Carbs, meat, greens, SUPER FOODS and dairy all in one dish. It might soon replace my old standby. We’ll see about that.

And we’re off!

Saute onions & garlic in olive oil.

Add in your sausage and cook…breaking up into pieces.

Add in the sweet potatoes & broth.

Get it to boiling.

After it’s been boiling add the pasta. Cook!

When pasta is almost done, add in your greens.

Soup IS ON.

Finish each bowl with freshly grated Parmesan.

Dunk a piece of bread in there.

So much good stuff in one bowl.

Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup

serves 6

recipe from Everyday Food Magazine

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 sweet potatoes (1 pound total), peeled & diced medium
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup small pasta shells
  • 6 cups chopped mixed greens (I used half spinach half kale)
  • grated Parmesan for serving

In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes; season with salt & pepper. Add sausage and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon until browned, about 5 minutes.

Add sweet potatoes, broth, and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cool 3 minutes less than package suggests. Reduce to a simmer, add greens and cook until pasta is tender and greens are wilted, about 4 minutes. Serve with Parmesan.

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  • April 8, 2013

    I miss Everyday Food like, whoa.

  • April 8, 2013

    I, too, miss Everyday Food. I appreciated how the recepies were straightforward, but meant to be current and inspirational to flip through while considering what might be languishing in the fridge. Thanks for this. This soup is definitely going on the meal-planning list this week.

    • Tracy
      April 8, 2013

      I know!!! I really liked all the inspiration I derived from that publication. I KNEW the recipes would work and I loved that there was a picture with everything and the ingredients lists were short! Sigh….

  • jenny
    April 8, 2013

    this looks great! definitely putting on the to-make list for this week.

  • Jen
    April 8, 2013

    I loved Everyday food too!

  • Leslie
    April 8, 2013

    No pasta in the ingredient list! Looks like around one cup?

    • Tracy
      April 8, 2013

      How dare I!!! It’s 3/4 cup. Sorry about that.

      • Leslie
        April 8, 2013

        Thanks! Looks delicious, and it’s now on the menu for next week.

  • April 8, 2013

    I would like both a bowl of this soup and to pop in The Royal Tenenbaums right about now. Sounds perfect.

  • April 8, 2013

    I need to make this!!!!!!!

  • April 8, 2013

    This is definitely my kind of soup! Sausage and kale is such a perfect combination. :)

  • April 8, 2013

    yesterday I did your pizza and it was amazing!!!! Your blog is really one of my favorites! everything is done with unique taste, love and inspiration! Keep doing it!

    • Tracy
      April 8, 2013

      Thanks so much!!! I am glad you’re here :)

  • April 8, 2013

    This soup looks fantastic!

  • April 8, 2013

    Yet another great way to use up my sweet potato. Is this dish worthy enough for that carbs tattoo? ;)

  • Talk about a super soup! This has everything. I need to make this before the weather in Chicago takes that drastic hot summer turn.

  • April 8, 2013

    Great looking soup. I too loved Everyday Foods. It was sad to have it end.

  • April 8, 2013

    I love recipes like this, especially soup, that you know like the back of your hand. I have a lentil soup that is slightly similar and it’s such an easy go to soup. So comforting!

  • April 8, 2013

    This looks so good! I love sweet potato and the sausage looks great!

  • April 8, 2013

    It’s so similar to the harvest quinoa soup that I make. When I have leftover quinoa, they just get tossed in to soak up all the goodness. and Instead of Kale, I use bok choy. I want to try your combo, especially with pasta. It’s just so exciting!

  • oh yuuuuuummmmm!!

  • April 9, 2013

    Looks so delish! I love the fantasy with the garlic bread, that would definitely be my fantasy too!

  • April 9, 2013

    Oh, I have to confess that for my love for The Royal Tenenbaums is unending!!!

  • Shannon
    April 9, 2013

    This beautiful soup is getting its boil on right this minute in my kitchen! Thanks Tracy for another wonderful recipe.

  • Yay! I saw this in Everyday Food and I thought I had bookmarked the page but I lost track of it and never made it. I’ll remedy that tonight. Italian sausage makes everything better!

  • Sauertea
    April 13, 2013

    Made it today. Used orzo for the pasta. Really yummy!

  • Khadijah
    April 17, 2013

    I was nervous about making this because the whole thing looks intimidating but it was FANTASTIC!!! It tasted so good! I am so glad I tried it. Thanks for sharing it.
    PS
    Do you have any easy techniques to peeling a sweet potato?

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      So glad you did! I like to use a mango peeler. Have you ever seen one of those? They’re usually like 3-4 bucks at a grocery store. They make peeling potatoes a snap!

      • Khadijah
        April 20, 2013

        Yup I have seen those! I live in Miami so I defiantly think I can find one and try it. Thanks so much.

  • April 26, 2013

    So.. I am the lone kale eater in my family… do you think that this soup would freeze ok.. or would the greens in it get funky?

    • Tracy
      April 26, 2013

      It would freeze just fine!

      • April 26, 2013

        Thanks, Tracy :) Hoping I won’t be the only one eating it, though ;-)

  • maija
    May 15, 2013

    I just made this…. ok so it was last night… my lord.. its amazing… eating it for lunch today… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

  • Amanda
    June 6, 2013

    This soup is so easy and SO delish. I’ve made it 4 times in the last two months. I use homemade chicken brother, which makes a huge difference. SO GOOD.

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