This Potato, Spinach and Sausage Soup was a winning recipe from the Allrecipes Allstars “Hot Potato!” cooking challenge, sponsored by Potatoes USA.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ lb. mild Italian sausage
1 ½ lbs. red potatoes, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
½ cup water
1 teaspoon chicken soup vases (such as Better than Bouillon ®)
6 cups baby spinach, divided
1 cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon pine nuts
¼ cup milk
Ground black pepper to taste
¼ shredded Parmesan cheese
Prep Time: 20min | Cook Time: 45min
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add sausage; cook and stir until sausage is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add potatoes; cook and stir until slightly browned, about 3 minutes.
Mix chicken broth, 1/2 cup water, and soup base into potato mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 15 minutes.
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan; add 3 cups spinach and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/2 water from the saucepan.
Combine 3 cups spinach, reserved 1/2 cup spinach water, basil, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts in a food processor; blend until pesto is smooth.
Stir milk and black pepper into soup; cook over low heat until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cooked spinach and stir. Ladle soup into bowls and top each with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and a spoonful pesto.
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