Italian Sausage and Chard Soup
with apple spinach salad
- Parsley (opt) - 6 sprigs, chopped
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Onions, small - 1, diced
- Chard, any type - 1 bunch, leaves torn and stems chopped into 1/2" pieces
- Carrots - 8 oz, diced
- Mushrooms, brown - 1/2 lb, sliced (look for pre-sliced)
- Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Italian sausage, uncooked - 1/2 lb
- Stock, chicken - 2 1/2 cups
- Bay leaves - 1
- Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
- Shallots - 1/2 bulb, diced
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Maple syrup - 2 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup
- Apples, any variety - 1, sliced
- Baby spinach - 5 oz
- Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (portion for the soup) and then Italian sausage (removed from its casing) to heated oil. Saute until sausage is golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain any fat from the pot.
- Add garlic, onions, chopped chard stems, and carrots to pot. Saute for ~3 minutes and then add in tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, and oregano. Cover and bring to a boil. Add in mushrooms and simmer uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes.
- While soup is simmering, make vinaigrette. Dice shallots and whisk with balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and cooking oil (portion for the salad). Season to taste as needed with some salt and pepper. Slice apples.
- Return to soup. Add in chard leaves. Cook for another 5 minutes and then season to taste with some salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf.
- Ladle soup into individual bowls and top with parsley. Toss vinaigrette with sliced apples and baby spinach. Enjoy!
Used kale instead of chard0 Helpful
Doubled the stock and italian sausage, as well as the garlic and oregano. Used kale instead of chard. Worked well with turkey italian sausage.0 Helpful
Made this without mushrooms and it was a hit. A great soup for colder days.0 Helpful
I like all of these ingredients, but not in this combination. If I were using soyrizo again, I'd take out the mushrooms & oregano. Alternatively, field roast makes an italian sausage that would make it more like the original version of the recipe.0 Helpful
I had never used soyrizo before and this was a great introduction. The garlic bread really made this meal. I added more tomatoes and stock, as some reviewers recommended. I would make it again, but it is more of a once-a-season meal for me.0 Helpful
This was delicious! All the flavors made me feel like I was eating a pizza soup. I used kale, and my family approved it as a delicious way to eat their greens!0 Helpful