Oh boy… I have something extra special for you today…
Considering we’re just over a week away from The Prairie Homestead Cookbook finally hitting shelves (It’s been the works for two years…. aka an eternity) and I’m getting so stinkin’ excited I can barely stand it, I figured it was high-time to share a recipe from the book! Eeeek!
I’ve had a bunch of questions about the cookbook, and in a nutshell, here’s what you can expect:
- Over 105 of the recipes my family actually eats on a daily basis. These are my tried-and-true standbys!
- If you’ve been following me for any amount of time at all, you know I’m not fussy or fancy, and this cookbook is no exception! I’ll show you how to use simple, easy-to-find ingredients (no specialty grocery stores here…) and transform them into wholesome, nourishing meals that taste amazing
- I’ve also included 17 tutorials for making your own pantry staples such as ricotta, cream cheese, herb-infused salts, sourdough starter, sauces, and more
- Because I can’t help myself when it comes to talking about homesteading, there is an entire section with practical advice and details for starting your own flock of chickens, growing veggies, keeping a dairy animal, and more!
- I wanted this cookbook to be like we were hanging out together in your kitchen makin’ stuff, so I’ve included tons of troubleshooting tips for homemade broth, butter, pickles, canning, and more. My goal is for this to be your go-to homestead kitchen resources.
- Joel Salatin wrote the foreword for it, which made me have a total squealing fangirl moment, and I still tear up when I read what he wrote.
The book will hit bookstores everyone on April 2nd, but you can preorder it now to have it delivered right around launch day, and I have a GIANT pack of bonuses to send you, including a free buttermilk starter, ebooks, cooking videos with me, printables, & more.
Now onto the recipe! This is one of my TOP FAVORITE soups of all time. It’s sometimes called Zuppa Tuscana, and it’s savory and creamy and so very satisfying. I make at least twice per month when it’s cold outside. You just gotta promise me you’ll only use really good (preferably homemade!) chicken stock when you make it, because that makes all the difference!
Rustic Sausage Potato Soup Recipe
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 6 medium russet potatoes, halved and sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (I use this one)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more to taste)
- 2 cups chopped and stemmed kale leaves
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove the bacon, setting it aside on a paper towel to drain and leaving about 2 tablespoons of fat in the pot.
Add the sausage and onion to the pot and brown, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until fragrant, then add the stock, potatoes, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
Add the kale and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, until it is slightly wilted. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Remove from the heat and stir in the heavy cream. Chop the cooled bacon into bits. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with cheese and the bacon.
- If you don’t have Italian sausage on hand, you can quickly make your own using ground pork and add spices like these as you brown the meat.
- The bacon is optional, I guess. But truly, bacon should never be optional.
- If you don’t have kale, spinach works too.
(After you order, make sure you go over to www.homesteadcookbook.com and input your order/receipt number to get all the bonuses coming your way!)