Remember when I was learning to make soup but it turned out summer was a huge jerk and wouldn’t leave?
Guess who got her sweater/soup weather…
You can officially blame the clouds and chill in the air on yours truly, and I will continue to enjoy it and the sound of crunching leaves under my boots as I walk to work.
Also, I can now enjoy my homemade soups properly.
The little things in life, I tell you.
So as I was deciding what way I wanted to take my adventures in soup, I had a sudden yearning for my mom’s sausage and peppers. It was one of those recipes that showed up often on our dinner table, especially around football season. It was so easy and yet so satisfying, and it made plenty of leftovers.
Strangely enough, I often didn’t eat mine as a sandwich. I am not a huge fan of sandwiches, but I do love what goes inside them. I’d just scoop a bunch of sausage, peppers and onions into a bowl, tear off a hunk of bread to dunk in the juices, and munch away happily.
As I thought more and more about my experiences with my mom’s cooking, I realized I could turn that sandwich into a hearty, satisfying soup!
Sweet Italian sausage, with a bright, colorful bunch of bell peppers, onions, and potatoes, caramelized to perfection, swimming in a rich, meaty broth….
how does one say no to that?!
Answer: you don’t.
Serve this Sausage & Peppers Soup with a nice hunk of bread, this is your favorite sausage and peppers sandwich incarnated as soup.
Oh, and in case you happen to enjoy a nice bottle of beer with your sandwich…
I’ve got you covered on that front as well.
De-glazing the pan with a subtle yet tasty IPA (I used Sam Adams’ White Lantern) brings a richness to the soup that broth can’t do on its own. This is the complete package for a rainy, cold Sunday where all you want to do is wear a hoodie, watch football, and curl up with a comforting bowl of soup.
Oh and the bread: don’t forget the bread.
Since we all know dunking is one of the true pleasures in eating soup.
Carbs make everything better. 😉
I’ll be back Monday, probably with more pumpkin (shocker) goodies.
Enjoy your weekend and of course,