So last night, for instance, I had no clue what to make for dinner so I pulled out my trusty app and typed in mushrooms and leeks into the ingredients on-hand and voila! A recipe was found. Roasted Garlic, Potato and Mushroom Soup! And it was pretty good. A little bland, though, so I modified it just a bit.
I didn't have four leeks (I had one) so I added a carrot and a stalk of celery to the mix. And I didn't have shitake mushrooms but button and crimini so those went into the pot instead. Maybe it was the lack of onion-y leek flavor but I found the soup to be lacking something. So here's what I did with the leftovers (you could also do this to the original recipe, just add this step at the beginning before cooking the vegetables).
In a large pot, heat a tbs of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add two sausages (I used spicy Italian chicken sausages) and cook through. Remove from pot and let rest on a plate for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the leftover soup to the pot and heat through (or start the original recipe from this point). Slice the cooked sausages into bite-sized pieces and add to pot. Add a few handfuls of torn kale leaves and stir until wilted. Heat entire soup through and then serve, garnished with Italian parsley.
So much better. I know, I know. I took a perfectly good vegetarian dish and turned it into a meaty mess. You could potentially just add more fragrant vegetables like onions or use regular rather than low-sodium broth to liven it up a bit and give it more flavor. I just happened to have a few chicken sausages in the freezer so in they went. And it worked! A delicious and more lively soup.
What is your favorite soup recipe? Please share. I love soups. They are so easy! And so filling. And (usually) so healthy.
Do you have a crock pot/slow cooker? I think I almost have my husband talked into getting one. I think that appliance will be life-changing!