Nothing screams comfort food on a cold winter day like soup! And this one is not only stupid simple, but also a nutritious and delicious Paleo soup. It is sure to please both your taste buds and your body with it’s warmth and plenty of protein and micronutrients!
- 1 sweet onion
- 1 pound of sausage (simple ground pork sausage or italian sausage)
- 1 pound of ground lamb (beef is fine too)
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 14 ounce can of tomato sauce
- 1 bag of fresh spinach
- 2 tabs of butter
- Italian seasoning
Making the Soup
Start by melting one tab of butter in a large soup pot and the brown your sausage on both sides. (I like these heavy colorful pots like the one pictured). In a hot pan, this should take about five or six minutes.
While the sausage is browning, finely chop the onion. Remove the sausage from the pot and melt the second tab of butter. Now saute the onions in the same pot.
Cook the onions for around five minutes on high heat. While the onions are cooking, finely chop the sausage using a chopper. I like this step because it infuses the sausage flavor throughout the soup and amps up the taste! Boom!
After the onions are starting to get translucent, add the lamb (or ground beef) to the pot and sprinkle a healthy dose of italian seasoning on the meat. Cook the meat thoroughly and use a wooden spoon to make sure it is broken up into smaller bit sized pieces.
After the meat is cooked, add back the sausage and enjoy the smell of all those herbs and meat and onions getting cozy in your pot.
We are now getting close to being done!! Next pour in the quart of chicken stock. Note here that this recipe doesn’t include any extra salt. I’ve used the regular chicken stock that already has a good bit of sodium included. This is enough salt to make the soup taste great and keep it from being too salty. As always though you can taste it when you are done and see if you need to add some salt.
Then add the can of tomato sauce to give the soup some color and a richer taste.
Now the soup is basically done. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for anywhere from 15 min (if you are in a hurry) to one hour. It honestly will taste delicious right now, but let it simmer for a bit until you are ready to serve it.
Now… in order to give this soup an extra nutritional punch we’ll serve the soup over spinach which is high in vitamin A and K and all kinds of good things. Hey Popeye!!
Take a handful of spinach and chop it finely and place it in a serving bowl. Having it in small pieces like the meat, will make the soup easier (and more fun!) to eat.
(Note: I like to add the spinach to the actual serving bowls, but if you want you can just finely chop the whole bag and stir it all into the soup. Don’t worry that it will be too much. It will quickly cook down and won’t overwhelm the soup.)
Lastly ladle a generous serving of the steaming hot soup over the spinach and let it sit for just one minute. The spinach will cook down and leave you with a fresh taste that is bright and full of nutrition.
Who said healthy couldn’t also be easy and delightful?? Not us!! Enjoy!