Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Maybe the only thing I love about winter is that we get to eat soup.
Lot’s of soup.
One of my family’s favorite soup recipes is from Simply In Season: Recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods. If you don’t have a copy, you should get one. I love how it's organized around the four seasons and the fruits and vegetables available during those times.
“Simply in Season is a community cookbook about good food...in rhythm with the seasons...foods [that] are good for the earth we share. Ultimately, they nurture our spirits as well as our bodies.”
But it’s winter! What's in season in winter in Lakewood, Colorado?
Well, dry beans and potatoes, of course.
The soup our family loves best is called Dilly Bean Soup (please don’t be put off by the silly name. It tastes so much better than it sounds). It’s creamy comfort food for blustery nights, and it makes such a big pot there's always enough for my family and a friend’s.
Chances are, if you have Little Ones under your feet, you probably have mama-friends who are also having babies. Those families need help with food, and this recipe has become my go-to when it’s my turn to drop off a meal.
It’s hearty, helping to nourish that new mama
It’s simple so most older siblings will eat it
A little extra sausage keeps the dads happy, too
(By the way, if you don't know about Meal Train, that's something else to check it out--so good for organizing meal drop-offs for families with newborns).
This has been modified slightly from what you’d find in the book (the original is vegetarian). I hope you'll give it a try and make plans to share it with a friend!
Dilly Bean Potato Soup
½ pound ground sausage
¾ cups celery (chopped)
3 carrots (shredded)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
In large pot sauté in 2 tablespoons oil.
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
5 large potatoes (diced)
salt to taste
Add and simmer until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes. Mash some of the potatoes in the broth for creamier texture.
4-4.5 cups cooked Great Northern Beans (I cook a pound in my pressure cooker and that seems to be the right amount)
2 tablespoons dried dill weed
Add to soup.
¾ cups plain yogurt or sour cream
1 ½ tablespoons flour
¾ teaspoon pepper
Combine and stir into soup. Cook and stir until thickened.
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