“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” Thomas Keller
There isn’t much I can say about this soup except that it is really freaking good. I love sausage. I love escarole. I love soup. And when you throw sausage and escarole in a pot with a few other ingredients you have something that will nourish your life. So make this and make it soon.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 lb sweet Italian Sausage
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 bunch escarole, roughly chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
Parm cheese to taste
Optional ingredients for sausage:
1 tbsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp rubbed sage
Using a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the sausage. I used sweet italian link sausage and removed the casings. But if you can find bulk sausage that will save you a step. Also, I am using sweet sausage because I want to control the spices but you can use hot sausage or premade fennel sausage. Break up the sausage with a wooden spoon or one of these handy dandy chopper dodads shown below which makes the process much easier.
When the sausage is about half way done (about 5 min later), create a space in the pan and add the spices. Let them toast for a minute and then incorporate into the sausage. Add the salt and pepper.
Continue cooking for another 5 minutes or so until the sausage is cooked through and nice and browned. Remove the meat from the pot and set aside.
Turn the heat down to medium low and add in one tbsp of butter and then the chopped onions. Allow the onions to sweat for about 5 min, stirring frequently. Next, throw in the garlic and cook for one minute.
Put all of the escarole in the pot. It looks like a lot but it will shrink down majorly. Stir it around. If you can’t find escarole at your store, you can use kale, mustard greens or beet greens. I wouldn’t use spinach because I feel like this recipe needs a heartier green to hold up well. But if that is all you have, give it a try.
Add in the chicken stock and cream, stir and cook for 5 min.
And finally, add the sausage back into the pot and stir. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Now, this is very very important:
Taste your soup!!
Maybe it needs more salt or pepper. Personally, I add a bunch of freshly cracked black pepper to the soup because that is what I love. You might not like that. Maybe you like a little more salt. Maybe it is already absolutely perfect. But unless you taste it, you can’t know. So taste and adjust as you like.
And your soup is done!!! I added a little pinch of paprika and a large spoonful of grated parm in my bowl and I highly recommend following my lead. Enjoy this soup and since each serving has only 270 calories and 4g net carbs, I won’t blame you if you go in for a second bowl.