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Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Soup

September 9, 2015

 

I love making soups because they're generally forgiving, meaning if you don't do everything perfectly or measure all the ingredients precisely, they still turn out okay.  I also love eating soups because they're so warming and comforting!  

 

So as Fall approaches, I find myself trying new soup recipes about once a week, and this one's definitely a keeper!  I adapted it from one of my favorite cooking bloggers at damndelicious.net. 

 

Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Soup

 

1 pkg. Applegate organic chicken & apple sausage

2 pints homemade chicken bone broth*

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 medium onion, diced

3 carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

1/2 tsp. oregano

2 bay leaves

1 can Great Northern beans

Sea salt and pepper

3 cups organic baby spinach

 

Boil carrots, celery, and onions in a little water for about 10 minutes.  Add bone broth, garlic, beans, and spices.  Bring to a gentle boil and reduce to a simmer.  Meanwhile, slice the sausage and sautee in a little olive oil until browned.  Add sausage to soup.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Add spinach and stir until wilted.  Remove bay leaves and serve.

 

* Make homemade bone broth by simply putting chicken bones from a whole chicken in a crock pot, covering with about 10 cups of filtered water, and simmering on low for 24 hours.  You can add vegetables like carrots, onions, or celery, along with sea salt, pepper, and your favorite spices. After 24 hours, place a colander over a large bowl to strain the liquid, put in jars and let cool on the counter.  When broth is cool, cover the jars with a plastic lid and refrigerate or freeze.  

 

Making your own bone broth is a great way to get extra vitamins and minerals, fortify your bones, heal your gut, get rid of inflammation, and improve your digestion.  It can be made with any kind of bones -- beef, pork, chicken, whatever you have!  For more info on bone broth visit this website.

 

 

 

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