There’s something about a big bowl of soup on a cool day that just feels so right. And one of my wife’s favorites has always been creamy potato soup.
Of course the classic version is made with cream and milk, thickened with flour, amped up with bacon and topped with cheese. We’re not doing dairy, gluten, or even pork most days, so this is my more allergy-friendly version that eats the same, but with a lot more nutritional oomph.
Of course I have to clarify that it’s not friendly for all food allergies (the base uses almond milk, for example). But we hit quite a few with this little number and anyone you cook it for will really go nuts for it.
Turkey Sausage & Potato Soup (dairy free, gluten free, grain free)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb turkey sausage Italian seasoned
- 2 leeks trimmed, washed, chopped
- 1 parsnip peeled, finely chopped
- 1 small head cauliflower washed, chopped
- 1 sprig rosemary fresh
- 2 sprigs thyme fresh
- 2 sprigs oregano fresh
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 qt chicken bone broth or stock
- 1 1/2 qts almond milk
- 4 large russet potatoes seasoned and baked until fully cooked, cooled, diced
- 1/4-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
- chopped chives
- hot sauce Crystal brand or Tobasco suggested
- In a large cast iron pot on the stove on medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the ground turkey sausage and cook the sausage through, stirring occasionally. Spoon all the sausage out onto a plate lined with paper towel and set aside.
- Add another tbsp of olive oil to the fond (cooked down bits) in the cast iron pot. Add the leeks, parsnip, cauliflower, and bay leaves. Tie together the rosemary, thyme, and oregano, and add that as well. Season with salt and pepper, sweat on medium low heat and add a few drops of water to help break up the fond from the bottom of the pot if needed.
- Once the vegetables beging to look somewhat translucent, add the bone broth (or stock) and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes on medium heat.
- Remove the herbs from the pot. Using an immersion blender, blend up the cooked down vegetables once they are tender and soft. Add the almond milk and blend again until smooth. It will start to foam - that's ok, we'll skim that off later.
- Bring the soup to a gentle simmer. Add the nutmeg, diced, cooked potatoes, and the turkey sausage. Let cook all together for 10-15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, serve topped with fresh chopped chives, and I suggest a few drops of Crystal hot sauce as well.