Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paleo Crock Pot Sausage, Sweet Potato & Spinach Soup


Please don't hate on me that this crock pot recipe requires a little pre-cooking. If you're going to do sausage in the crock pot it just won't taste the same if you don't brown it in a skillet first. The garlic and onion also benefit from a little sautéing before getting dumped in the pot.

Even with that step, this one is unbelievably quick and easy to make. You could use cubed butternut in lieu of the sweet potato and kale instead of spinach, if you prefer. I also added mushroom at the caveman's request. I didn't go too spicy but did add quite a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes to my own bowl.

Paleo Crock Pot Sausage, Sweet Potato & Spinach Soup

1 tbs. coconut oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 minced garlic cloves
1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed
6 cups organic chicken broth
10. oz baby bella mushrooms
3 cups peeled and cubed sweet potato
salt, pepper, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
3 cups baby spinach

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add sausage and cook until browned.

Meanwhile, add broth, mushrooms, sweet potato and seasoning to crock pot.

Drain excess grease from sausage and add sausage, garlic and onions to crock pot. Stir to combine and cover. Cook on low for 5 hours.

Add spinach to crock pot and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour. Taste for seasoning.

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