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Italian Sausage and Chard Soup
with apple spinach salad

Active: 25 min Total: 35 min
This soup first appeared in our 9/29/14 meal plan and it was so loved, we're bringing it back. It would make a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving dinner too!
Smarts: Feeling lazy? Sub baby spinach for the chard for less prep.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Italian Sausage and Chard Soup:
  • Parsley - 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
  • Mushrooms, brown - 1/2 lb, sliced (look for pre-sliced)
  • Carrots - 8 oz, diced
  • 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
Apple and Spinach Salad:
  • Shallots - 1/2 bulb, diced
  • Apples, any variety - 1, sliced
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz

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Prep

  1. For soup | Parsley / Garlic / Onions / Chard / Mushrooms / Carrots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Diced tomatoes - Drain.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil 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.
  2. Add garlic, onions, chopped chard stems, and carrots to pot. Saute for ~3 minutes and then add in tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, and oregano. Cover and bring to a boil. Add in mushrooms and simmer uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. While soup is cooking, make vinaigrette. Dice shallots and whisk with balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and cooking oil. Season to taste as needed with salt and pepper. Slice apples.
  4. Return to soup. Add in chard leaves. Cook for another 5 minutes and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf before spooning into individual bowls and top with parsley.
  5. Toss vinaigrette with sliced apples and baby spinach. Enjoy with hot soup!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (60)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (4)

27 reviews

This was a great way to use some CSA items, added carrots and scapes and subbed collard greens- it was great

By: Amanda
Posted: Jun 20, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really liked the garlic bread. The soup was quite good but chard gives it a bit of a "dirty" taste.

By: Sundi
Posted: Nov 30, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Yum! Perfect comfort food!!

By: Katharine
Posted: Oct 14, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious. Made with kale and still great. Even four year old age some!

By: Casey
Posted: Feb 22, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was awesome. Used spicy Italian sausage and subbed spinach for the chard because I'm lazy. Excellent on a cold winter day.

By: Marilyn
Posted: Jan 23, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Pretty simple too.

By: Nescett
Posted: Jan 13, 2015
Diet: Original
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