Kids love playing outside in the winter. They have snowball fights, build snowmen and have all types of wintery fun; but when they come inside they’re like icicles. If you’re at a loss for winter supper ideas, then why not try some warming soups to take the chill out and bring the color back to their rosy cheeks. Who am I kidding? We’re dads, so odds are we were right out there with them. The soup is just as much for our old bones as theirs.
If you’re looking for a little heat, then this spicy dish should be right up your alley. Let’s start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. Take 12 spicy Italian sausage links and place them on a baking sheet for 25 minutes, or until they’re fully cooked, and then slice them into small pieces.
In a large sauce pan, heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat, sauté ¾ cup of diced onions until translucent and then add 1 ¼ teaspoon of minced garlic. Continue to cook for another minute or two to let the garlic really get in there.
Pour in 4 cups of water, two sliced potatoes and 2 tablespoons of chicken soup base; and simmer for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the sausage, 2 cups of kale, 1/3 cup of heavy cream and simmer until nice and hot. That should warm us up.
Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
Here’s a classic butternut squash soup with a little Mexican flair thrown in for some much needed heat. In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter and stir in one diced onion, 2 teaspoons of grated ginger and one seeded and sliced jalapeno pepper. Sauté for about seven minutes before adding 1 can of chicken broth and 2 pounds of peeled, seeded and cubed squash. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Once that’s done, put in a can of evaporated milk, ½ cup of coconut milk, a tablespoon of sugar and a little salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for another five minutes. Begin pouring the mixture into a blender and puree a little at a time. Pour the pureed soup back into the pot and serve with sour cream. Add the sour cream to cut down on the heat if you need to.
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