Disclosure: I was compensated by Turkey Farmers of Canada for the development of this recipe.
I think I may still be chilled to the bone from that deep freeze we had recently. Even though it has warmed up slightly, I still want to hide inside until spring. We live only an eight minute walk from my son’s school and yet I find myself reaching for the car keys to go pick him up more often than not.
With my extreme aversion to the cold weather and almost complete disinterest in all winter sports, I would have a tough time proving that I am, in fact, Canadian. More often than not, I do not have to venture outside when it is bitterly cold. I can stay safely inside puttering in my kitchen.
When I first made this soup, I mistakenly bought the hot Italian sausage. I’m normally not one for spicy food but combined with the sweet potato, smidge of cream in the broth and the Swiss Chard, I found it addictive. If you really just don’t enjoy eating food that is too spicy, get the regular Italian turkey sausage and add just a few red pepper flakes to add a little extra warmth to the soup. Trust me. You’ll love it.
If you want to ramp up the health factor in the soup, which is already pretty healthy with the sweet potato, chard, and naturally lean turkey sausage, you could use homemade turkey stock. In the recipe for the soup that is available on the Turkey Farmers of Canada website, I list chicken broth as the main liquid. This is a great option, especially if you don’t have the time needed to make your own stock. My previous post was a ‘how to’ on how to make your own stock. I have a couple of litres of stock in my fridge right now but I don’t often make my own stock. It is actually pretty easy to do with very little busy work but I do take shortcuts and buy the Costco size packages of organic chicken broth.
I do want to point out that if you plan on grating the sweet potato as the recipe suggests, for the love of your knuckles, don’t use a box grater to do this. I really recommend using a grating attachment on a food processor. By grating the sweet potatoes, they cook in about 8 minutes, which significantly speeds up the total cooking time. Using a machine to do the hard work is also a great way to get the meal on the table quickly. If you don’t have a food processor, then cut the sweet potato as small as you can to ensure quick cooking.
Another tip to help get dinner on the table quickly would be to use pre-washed baby greens, such as spinach, kale and chard, that are available at many grocery stores. You can just grab a handful and toss them in the pot. There are lots of shortcuts available even when you are eating healthy.
For the recipe for this Italian Turkey Sausage Soup with Swiss Chard & Grated Sweet Potato, click this link and you will find it and many more comfort food recipes that feature turkey.