Nothing is better than a bowl of hot, hardy soup when the weather outside is frightful. The wind is blowing and the snow is swirling, but my tummy is happy and I’m warm and cozy.
It seemed the pot of stuffed cabbage would never end. (See previous post.) When I finally scooped the last three bundles of cabbage leaves encasing ground meat and rice out of the pot, they were not for me. I was packaging them to deliver to a cabbage-loving friend.
But even after saying good-bye to the last of the stuffed cabbage, I did not empty the pot. There was still an enormous amount of sauerkraut nesting in the bottom of the pot. I decided to scrape the leftover cooked potatoes into the pot. I covered the pot and took it out to the very cold garage. I thought I could turn it into some soup. That was yesterday.
Today, with a blizzard moving through, the thought of soup was very comforting. I brought the pot of sauerkraut in from the garage, which was even a colder food storage room today. I grabbed a bottle of beer on the way in, too.
With the pot over medium heat, I poured in the bottle of beer and allowed the mixture to simmer a while. I poured in some homemade pork stock that I made in November. I’d been storing it in the freezer, wondering what I would do with it. I used 3 cups. If I didn’t have the pork stock, I would have just used some chicken or vegetable broth out of my pantry.
A 14-ounce package of smoked turkey sausage was in the meat drawer in my refrigerator. It seems I can always create a quick meal when I have some sort of smoked sausage on hand. So, I sliced it up and added it to the pot.
After chopping a couple small potatoes, I pushed the little chunks into the pot and put the cover back on. And then, it simmered. And simmered. Until the potatoes were soft and creamy.
Sauerkraut Soup was a warming meal. But guess what? After dinner, there was still a hefty amount of soup left in the pot. It really is the pot that keeps on giving.
I guess I’ll scoop the soup into a large container and deliver it to my cabbage-loving friend.