I really think we can collectively agree that winter should be over. I mean, she made a pretty stately debut for 2015 and it was good. Good job, girl. But we’re done with you. I literally have not heard one person say, “Gosh I love this weather!” No. Because you don’t.
You don’t love being locked up in your house, forced to cuddle your adorable dog, watch Netflix, and drink wine until you run out and have to go to the store again.
Wait. I kinda love that.
Just hold the snow.
However, if you’re locked in a house and need a delicious soup recipe to warm the cockles of your heart and soul (as much as they can be warmed, since it is still winter and your soul is dark), then this is it.
Minestrone Soup with Ground Turkey Sausage
1 Package Ground Italian Turkey Sausage
2 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
½ White Onion, diced
2-3 Stalks Celery, diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
14.5 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
14.5 oz. Can Cannellini (White Kidney) Beans
1 Russet Potato, diced
1 Zucchini, diced
1 Bundle of Swiss Chard, roughly chopped
32 oz. Beef Broth
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 Sprig Rosemary
1 Bay Leaf
Start by browning the Turkey Sausage in a large stew pot. Depending on the fat content, you may want to add a little more EVOO than just 2 tbsp.
When the turkey is just about done, mix in the celery, garlic, and onion and cook until tender, stirring often. Add tomatoes, beans, potato, zucchini, seasonings and beef broth and bring the soup to a steady boil. Season with Salt and Pepper and stir often for about 5 more minutes. Turn the heat down to a simmer and all those flavors will get good and robustly.
This is an excellent time to open a bottle of wine. Did I say excellent? I meant necessary. Silly auto-correct.
When you’re a few minutes away from dinner time, stir in the Swiss Chard and remove the bay leaf.
If this soup doesn’t give you even the slightest bit of joy then I genuinely don’t know what else I can do for you.