Between a simple clear soup and a thick and hearty one, I much prefer the latter. I like my soup to be chunky too with lots of meat or vegetables or both with every spoonful.
The most common way of thickening a soup is by making a roux — a mixture of browned butter and flour to which broth is added. This beef, sausage and potato soup is thick but no roux has been added. Rather, diced potatoes (with the skins on for maximum nutritional value) are simmered in broth until mushy then pureed in a blender.
The result is a thick soup that looks and tastes creamy although neither milk nor cream was added to it.
If you’re not a fan of beef and sausages, or if you don’t have any in your freezer, you can easily substitute as you can use just about any meat for this soup. In fact, I plan on making a chicken and ham version over the weekend. The only thing there is no substitute for is good quality broth. I suggest you use homemade broth.
- Heat two tablespoonfuls of butter in a pot. Add the chopped onion and cook over medium heat to “sweat.”
- When soft and translucent, add the potatoes.
- Pour in about four cups of broth. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- While the potatoes cook, prepare the meat. Heat the remaining two tablespoonfuls of butter in another pot.
- Add the meat and sausages, stirring to coat every piece with butter.
- Pour in about two cups of broth, bring to the boil then lower the heat, cover and simmer.
- When the potatoes are done, put them in the blender along with the liquid in which they have cooked. Don’t forget to scrape and add all the onion bits too. Process to make a puree.
- Pour the potato puree into the pot with the meat and sausages. The thickness of the broth will depend on the kind of potatoes you used. The starchier the potatoes, the thicker the soup. If the soup is too thick, pour in more broth, little by little, until you get the texture that you like. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chopped parsley.
- Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with whole parsley leaves. Serve with toasted bread on the side.
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