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Sausage & Swiss Chard Soup

Brimming with andouille sausage, Swiss chard and white beans, this hearty soup is the perfect cool-weather dish. Our Turkey and Arugula Panini with Gruyère makes a wonderful accompaniment (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 1⁄2 lb. chicken andouille sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 leek, white portion only, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 6 cups chicken stock, warmed
  • 1 cup water, warmed
  • 2 cups cooked white beans, drained
  • 4 oz. Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves cut
      into 1⁄2-inch strips
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for
     garnish (optional)
  • Garlic crostini for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, boil the wine until reduced to 1/2 cup, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

In a soup pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and let cool, then cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices.

In the same pot over medium-low heat, cook the onion, celery, carrot and leek, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes more. Add the reduced wine, the stock and water, increase the heat to medium-high and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the sausage, white beans and chard and cook until the chard wilts, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, and garnish with the cheese and crostini. Serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.
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