Smoked Sausage Soup

November 2011
Smoked Sausage Soup

by 11 people

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The missing link: We like kielbasa or smokedbratwurst in this hearty soup, but go ahead andswap in your favorite smoked sausage.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 40 mins

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 14 ounces smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 pounds celery root, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cans  (15 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons Indian curry paste
  • 1 container  (32 oz.) beef stock
  • 2 ounces baby spinach, chopped
  1. In a heavy, 5- to 6-qt. pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, add the onion and cook until soft, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the celery root and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mash 1 cup beans and set aside. Add the curry paste to the pot and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the beef stock, then add the mashed beans and remaining whole beans and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach and let wilt. Serve hot.
  • If you find another type of canned bean thats cheaper than pintos, or is on sale, sub it in.