October 08, 2014

Chorizo Autumn Vegetable Soup


group #1
1 acorn squash, cubed
2 carrots, cut into coins
2 very large parsnips, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 Walla Walla onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground peri peri
8 cups Swanson chicken broth*
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

group #2
1 bunch lacinato kale
12 oz Portuguese-style chorizo, cut into coins and lightly browned

Add the ingredients from group #1 to a 6 quart slow cooker. Cook on low 8-10 hrs. Stir in group #2. Cover and cook on low 20 additional minutes.

*Depending on the size of your vegetables, you might need slightly more stock. It should just cover the vegetables.

My thoughts:
October is official soup weather, I think. It is suddenly quite chilly here and I have to say, I don't like it one bit! We had lovely weather 2 weekends ago and actually spent an afternoon at a beach searching for sea glass. Now I am trying to think of fun, indoor activities. Maybe I will take up a craft.

I digress, the lovely people at Swanson contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in creating a new soup recipe using their chicken broth. They have new ones out that are flavored, Tuscan Chicken and Louisiana Cajun, and a starter for creamy soups which are all very tasty but for this recipe, I stuck with the classic. I had a bunch of vegetables from my delivery service and some Portuguese chorizo, I decided to go make a vaguely Portuguese inspired soup (we are still obsessed with Portugal after our trip in May) with loads of autumn vegetables and peri peri. I even included kale, which normally I hate but I realized the lacinato variety is actually not bad. Much less fibrous and the stems and ribs were much smaller and more tender than the kale I normally have had. This is a hearty, filling soup that anyone would love. It even freezes well!

Disclosure: I received samples from Swanson® for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience, or Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Swanson® but the opinions are 100% my own!

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  1. Oh my! Hard question! I would have to go with a hearty potato soup!

  2. Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup! So delicious.

  3. Pumpkin butternut squash soup. So delicious!

  4. For me, soup season starts in September. Sometimes it's still hot, REAL hot, but I miss soups during the summer, so it's become a bit of a ritual. I hadn't realized that Swanson made so many different types of broth. That Cajun variety is calling my name.

  5. My favorite is chicken and wild rice!

  6. I used to make a simple potato soup when I was a teenager. But, the family and I love chili! I make it different each time. It's a family favorite along with my vegetable beef soup. Thanks.

  7. Butternut squash is my favorite


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