In our house, once it gets chilly outside, the wood stove is lit everyday, we start talking soup!
Really, we do. One of our favorite soups is a healthy, low fat farmer sausage soup. We don't just use any farmer's sausage first of all. We use only Farmer's Sausage made in Rempel's Butcher Shop in Abottsford, BC. This is the source of great Mennonite traditional foods and this Farmer's Sausage is legendary! Its really lean, yummy cold or hot, goes with all sorts of other meals and is also easy to take when you are hiking or fishing. Its the original fast food.
Carli's Farmer Sausage Winter Soup
1 (10 inch) chunk of Farmer Sausage
1 quart of beef broth, plus 2 cups water
3 stalks of celery, diced
6 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced medium
1 onion, diced
6 cloves of garlic, diced
3 medium sized carrots, diced
1 (3 inch) chunk butternut squash, chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp each dried parsley and basil
seasoning to taste of salt & pepper and Dash seasoning
Start with peeling and dicing all of the veggies. Take a medium to large stock pot, place oil in pan on lower heat, start it sizzling, add in onions, celery and garlic, brown slowly, then add in the chopped farmer sausage, stir. Then stir until the onions have caramelized. Add the all the broth and water. Stir around, add all the remaining veggies and seasonings. Cover the pot, cook on medium to low heat so not to loose the liquids.
Eat when all the veggies are cooked, we like a teaspoon of sour cream on top of the soup, stir slightly with a hot biscuit.
This photo above is what it looks like as you place the lid on to cook slowly.
This is what you'll be eating! Oh man, this is a quick, easy healthy soup!