RECIPE: Page 328 – Paprika-Caraway Kielbasa Soup
Yesterday was a “Cooking with Em” Day. If your unfamiliar with what that is you can quickly catch up by clicking here and reading this blog.
It was an Em’s choice week and she went with a soup. Perfect for the rainy weather she is experiencing in Arkansas. If you wish to see Em’s pics of her finished meals or pics of her artwork you can find her on Instagram under the name of applejuicedepre.
Here are all the ingredients. Note I did double up on the recipe’s called for amount of kielbasa. I wanted the skinless version for soup and the packaging meant more sausage then needed.
And you see a jar of sauerkraut there vs fresh. I thoroughly rinsed the kraut under hot water before adding to soup to mellow it’s taste. I used jar vs fresh because in 10 days time it is Reuben Sandwich week here after St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Corned Beef and Sauerkraut – what’s not to love. And our local grocery had that large jar on sale for $1.99.
I also unintentionally doubled up on the tomato paste in error. Em’s one negative about the soup was it needed more tomato flavor, and we didn’t experience that, so I have noted to double the tomato paste from now on.
Chop and dice kielbasa, potatoes and onion into bite size pieces.
Next I added the caraway seeds. I really wish you could of smelled my kitchen and how wonderful the aroma was.
All the ingredients are in the pot and simmering away for at least 30 minutes. Like most soups – low and slow- is the way to go. Flavors melding is happening!
Paul walked in the door from work and the first words out of his mouth were – “Is it ready to eat?” It really smelled that good.
Someone ate two servings before I was finished with my one. He said “no doubt this is a 5 STAR notation in the book and a definite MAKE AGAIN recipe.
You will note that I am not sharing the recipe on this blog just giving our insights/tweaks and feedback. This cookbook is readily available to purchase or check out of your library. Giving a recipe that is not your own is much like posting another designer’s quilt pattern online. The author, publisher and all the people in between from photographers to delivery people need those purchase dollars to support their own households and families – so I wish to support them and I know you do also. Because without their creativity we wouldn’t have this great soup to enjoy. So if interested you can find the book here, or at your local bookstore or library and cook along with Em & I.
I will announce the week’s recipe on the MDQuilts facebook page and then do a follow up blog, as this is every week. We won’t cook our way thru the entire book, with 300+ recipes that would take awhile and several other cookbooks are calling to us, but I see us giving this book a few months of attention. It is definitely a winner on our shelves.
Next week is my pick…and I see chicken on the grocery list!
Enjoy the day,