A while ago, I stared at our bare cupboards, stared at the freezing, cloudy day outside, and decided I needed to roll up my sleeves and create something for dinner, as our menu had run out but we needed to eat! It was our normal shopping day, but the cold weather had me pretty much convinced to stay inside.
So, I perused my cabinets and with a little creativity, I made a soup for dinner. When my husband came home and tried it, he raved about it. He loved it. And thus began my homemade Accidental Soup. We've had it quite a bit since then and again partook of it last night.
So, I thought I would share it with you! I love soups on these chilly winter days. The ingredients will probably seem a tad random, because they are--that's what happens when you use what you've got! But, it's surprisingly good (well, according to my husband and I!)! So, here it is!
Katie's Accidental Soup
1 package Owens beef sausage (not ground, but the kind you can slice, as pictured above), sliced
5 chicken tenderloins, cubed
1 regular can diced tomatoes
1 regular can Navy beans
1 regular can chicken broth
1/4-1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp oregano
ground black pepper
Dump the can of chicken broth into crock-pot, set at low (you can add water as the day goes on if you worry that the soup will get dry). Add navy beans and diced tomatoes. On the stovetop, sauté sliced sausage until slices are brown. Add sausage to crock-pot mix. Go back to the stovetop and sauté the cubed chicken in olive oil, adding black pepper as seasoning (I like a lot of black pepper!). Once chicken is sauteed thoroughly and cooked through, add to crock-pot mixture. Sprinkle rosemary and oregano in crock-pot and add sour cream. Stir and let simmer all day and voila! Dinner is served.
(OR you can be like me and rush around throwing it together one hour before your husband gets home and just set the crock-pot to high. Everything is already cooked so that works, too! :))
Now. I serve mine in a sourdough bread bowl that I created out of a sourdough loaf. I didn't have any bread bowls on hand the first time I made the soup, so I carved out hunks of sourdough bread and placed the makeshift "bread bowls" into our normal wooden chili bowls and poured the soup in the bread and let it spill into the bowl. In the above picture, the bread is on the side, simply because my husband and I had already eaten when the picture was taken and the bread bowls were gone! I just spooned some of the soup into the bowl for the picture. I've used real bread bowls, but my husband prefers the makeshift sourdough bowls, so that's what I use!
Also, let me say that I'm not a huge sausage fan at all, really. I'm the kind of girl who chooses bacon when given the option. But, I'm really starting to love the kind of sausage I used in this soup. I don't even know the technical name for it, but I like it! I don't love ground sausage or sausage patties, but this type of sausage (I buy the beef sausage) is bursting with flavor and it tastes SO GOOD in this soup.
(Oh, and here is my twelve week picture! This was so funny. I handed my husband the camera, stepped back ... and then totally forgot how to pose. Put my hand on my belly? Under my belly? What?? And this is the result! It's not even from the side, so I'm sorry. But, it works for now! Hopefully by the end of this pregnancy I'll remember how to actually pose for the token "belly" shots!!)
Have a lovely day.