Dairy Free Creamy Sausage And Greens Soup
This Dairy Free Creamy Sausage And Greens Soup is so cozy and comforting and flavorful…
It’s finally turning into spring here on the North Fork. Finally. At least it feels that way on some days. Yesterday we were unwrapping the outdoor furniture and sitting in the sun. And we were grilling and drinking cold beer. Today it’s wet and cold and windy. So, while yesterday was a grilling today, today is a soup day. And it’s a creamy, cozy kind of a soup day that feels like it may even need hot chocolate to complete the warmth theme.
Honestly, since we bought The Harvest Inn, I cook a lot more breakfast foods than I do other foods. Well, we are a bed and breakfast, so I guess that makes sense. I wonder if there’s any way to create a breakfast soup… hmmmmm definitely food for thought. I’ll have to decide whether that’s just too weird. But if there are breakfast pizzas and breakfast tacos, why not soup…?
Admittedly, I’m a huge soup fan. Almost any soup is a good soup in my book. Okay, that’s a lie. I hate a runny, tasteless soup… but who doesn’t? This is the opposite of a thin flavorless soup. It is so creamy. And you get so much flavor from the sausage. You can use whatever type of sausage you like here. Like spice? Grab some chorizo or spicy Italian sausage. If you want a flavored chicken sausage, go for it. Have it your way.
I’m also a sucker for anything that’s both creamy and dairy free. Bring on all the dairy-free cream sauces… as long as they don’t taste dairy free. I’m also a huge fan of loading up my soups with dark greens. Gimme all the greens. Well, you get the picture… I love this soup for lots of reasons.
We all need to thank Nisha at Rainbow Plant Life because she came up with he original recipe for this amazing soup.
If you’re looking for another hearty, healthy, creamy soup, try my recipe for Grain Free Creamy Lemon Rice Soup.
Here are some of the great healing ingredients in this soup:
I use cauliflower for breads, crusts, rice… everything. It can be used in so many forms… and, it’s really good for you. In Chinese medicine we use it to aid in digestion and help with constipation. One of the things I find most amazing about this cruciferous vegetable is it’s ability to help with age-related memory loss (My menopausal friends will appreciate this benefit!). It contains a healthy amount of Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids and can help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cauliflower also helps the body with detoxification and with reducing inflammation. So, as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier.
Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….
Bone broth is filled with bone marrow and essential fatty acids — these things promote optimal brain health. It also contains glycine, which is an amino acid that helps with memory, concentration, stress, and focus. You can make your own bone broth, but you don’t have to anymore. Bone broth is now available in tons of markets. It helps reduce inflammation and strengthen the bones. It’s also great for your skin, hair, and nails. This is a great thing to use for a quick soup base, or to just sip on during the day. Sometimes I’ll have a hot cup of bone broth first thing in the morning for a quick healing pick me up.
Leeks are known as “grass from the sun”. They are especially beneficial when the whether is still warm but starting to turn cold, or still cold and starting to turn warm (Spring and Fall). They are great for the liver and at helping the body relieve itself of toxins. Leeks are also good at helping constipation; they help the body rid itself of toxins in the digestive tract.
It is true that spinach contains iron, but it’s this vegetable’s lesser-known qualities that really hold my admiration. Spinach contains a substance that helps eliminate prostate cancer. It’s also great for your bones and also for memory loss. Diabetic patients may find that eating spinach helps combat excessive thirst and can even be good for night blindness. Spinach can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb calcium, so calcium-rich foods should be avoided when eating this leafy green.
Cashews are really a multi-tasking nut. I use them all the time so I say it all the time: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts. Most of the fat in cashews is unsaturated and is made up of oleic acid; this is the same acid that is found in olive oil, making these nuts a heart-healthy choice. I use cashews in cream sauces and faux cream soups.
- 2 leeks, thinly sliced and cleaned well
- salt and pepper
- 7 garlic cloves, smashed
- 3 link sausages, casings removed (any kind you like)
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 6 cups chicken bone broth
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 20 oz cauliflower florets (I used frozen)
- 2 cups fresh spinach (use more if it will fit in your pot) (Feel free to substitute and dark leafy green)
- Heat oil over medium heat in soup pot.
- Add leeks, seasoned with a little salt, and saute until softened a bit.
- Stir in garlic cloves, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Sauce for 1 minute.
- In a small skillet, cook the sausage until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
- Add bone broth, cashews, and cauliflower to the leek mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a slight boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft.
- Transfer the leek mixture to your blender and blend until smooth. This may have to be done in 2 batches. Note: remove the lid from the blender and cover with a clean dish towel, making sure to hold the towel tightly to act as a lid, so the steam can escape and you don't burn yourself.
- Pour the soup back into the pot and stir in the cooked sausage and the spinach. Heat over low heat and stir until the soup is hot and the spinach is wilted.
- Ladle into bowls and enjoy.