Soups

Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 3 cups cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups torn kale leaves (bite-size pieces)

Directions

  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into pot; cook and stir until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease.
  2. Stir half-and-half, potatoes, chicken broth, milk, onion, oregano, and red pepper flakes into sausage, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Season with black pepper; stir kale into soup. Simmer until kale is tender, 10 to 15 more minutes.

Apple Cider Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large McIntosh apple, sliced

Directions

  1. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl. Toss beef cubes in the flour mixture.
  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, brown beef cubes on all sides. Combine browned meat, apple cider, water, and cider vinegar in the pot and bring it to a boil. Add bay leaf; reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and apple and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour more.

Slow Cooker Zucchini Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces celery
  • 2 pounds zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Mix celery into cooked sausage; cook and stir until celery is softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine sausage mixture, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, salt, sugar, oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, and garlic powder in a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours. Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.

Slow Cooker Chicken Creole

The stewed tomatoes and jalapeno pepper give this slow cooker recipe its Creole zing, along with seasoning and other veggies. This is an easy and tasty Creole chicken recipe. Just put all ingredients into the slow cooker and let it simmer all day. It's perfect over egg noodles. Add extra water and veggies to the leftovers to make a tasty afternoon soup.