This soup is so perfect for this weird, rainy, crappy weather we have been experiencing and a great way to use up the chard from your CSA or the farmer’s market! Enter the raincloud: It’s also great if you are in the process of re-homing your dog who has been your baby for the last 7 years and you’re feeling pretty blah. Our toddler and our doggie have been good friends since our daughter started crawling and being mobile. However our sweet little girl (toddler) is also pretty rough with our other sweet little girl (doggie) and no amount of discipline has seemed to work to make this situation better. Last weekend it resulted in a nip on the finger that drew blood and it was pretty traumatic for all involved. It’s not that our dog is a bad dog; she’s a lover. She loves to snuggle, give kisses and bark at squirrels. But she doesn’t love dealing with our toddler constantly exploring and pulling on her fur. And it’s not fair to keep her in her room all day (yes, she literally has her own bedroom complete with her food/water dishes, a couch, blanket and pillow that are exclusively hers to snuggle with). So in the end we decided our doggie will be better off with another loving family who doesn’t have small children. We are choosing to take action now, before something worse can potentially happen. This is where you can start judging me if that’s something you’re into.
I took to Facebook of course to find a new home for my little doggie in a “Pets for Sale” group and I was overwhelmed by the response! There were tons of folks right in our area who offered to adopt her and provide her a loving home! So many in fact that I had to send out a blanket message saying I will keep everyone posted as we meet with potential families and make sure we find the right fit for her. And while I was expecting the crazy internet trolls to come out of the woodwork on my post (because that’s just what they do; sit at home all day and wait to pounce) I was still quite appalled at the things some people had to say. “Get rid of the baby!” might have surprised me the most. Like duh, why didn’t I think of that?! Are you kidding me??? That comment was followed by several other (very grammatically incorrect) jabs at my parenting and many folks questioning my capability of raising a child.
Of course I threw a few snarky comments back because sometimes I just can’t help myself, but in the end I decided to take the high road…and block all those haters! Seriously though, thank you Facebook for the block button. Because sometimes you don’t need Facebook trolls to make a very tough situation even more difficult. I also must note that for every one judgmental person spewing hate, there was at least 2-3 people with messages of encouragement and positivity, so the good certainly outweighed the bad (funny how you only remember the bad though, right?). I am trying to find comfort in knowing that our doggie will find a loving home and people who can appreciate her in all her glory and treat her like the princess she is.
So, make this soup. It’s delicious and it might make tough situations just a tiny bit easier to deal with.
Spicy Sausage and Swiss Chard Soup
- 19.5 oz. hot Italian turkey sausage
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, stalks removed and diced, leaves roughly chopped (about 6 cups chopped leaves + 1 cup chopped stalks
- 1 red onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- Kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 32 oz. chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups V8 (or generic vegetable juice)
- 15 oz. can cannellini beans
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- shredded Parmesan for garnish
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Squeeze sausage from the casing and discard casing. Brown sausage, crumbling with a spatula. Drain most of the grease off of the sausage and transfer to a bowl. Heat the same pot over medium heat. There should be just a sheen of grease from the sausage still. Add Swiss chard stalks and onion to the pot along with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Return sausage to the pot and add Swiss chard leaves, chicken stock, V8, cannellini beans, diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine, turn heat up to medium high and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid, turn heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove soup from heat and slowly stir in cream. Garnish with shredded Parmesan and serve!