Sweet Potato and Linguica Sausage Soup


The weather in Northern California has recently taken a turn for fantastic.  I’m not ready for short sleeves and gasp, shorts!

I have no idea what’s up with the beautiful shine but I’m not done with doom, gloom, turtlenecks and jeans.  I want my clouds back!  And sheesh, half an inch of rain every now and then sure would be nice.


 

Anyway, blinding sunshine was not going to stop me from making this Sweet Potato and Linguica Sausage Soup.  It’s also my second entry into this month’s Potato Ho Down.  If you haven’t sent your entry over to Christie at Fig & Cherry, make sure you do before January 20th (Australia time).  If you have made a potato dish this month send it over as well. Rules and regs are here.  Are you the hostess with the mostess?  Contact me about hosting this monthly event.

This soup gets its very rich flavor from linguica, a Portuguese sausage that has been seasoned with garlic, paprika and other spices.  Linguica is available in most grocery stores.

Anyways, let’s make this up, it’s so easy…

Here’s what you will need:  Linguica sausage, onions, garlic, red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), white-skinned potatoes, chicken broth and fresh spinach.  Ingredients not shown: Extra-virgin olive oil and salt.


Heat 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat.  Add 11- to 13- ounces of sliced, fully cooked smoked Portuguese Linguica sausage and cook until brown, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.  Transfer sausage to a paper towel to drain.

Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.


Add all potatoes and cook until they begin to soften, stirring often, about 12 minutes.

Add 6 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Simmer until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.  Using a potato masher, mash some of the potatoes in the pot.  Add browned sausage to soup.  Stir in fresh spinach and simmer just until wilted, about three minutes.  Season with salt and divide among bowls to serve.

This is a great tasting and colorful soup.  It goes well with the sunshine here but would certainly brighten up a dark winter’s day.


Enjoy your soup!

Sweet Potato and Linguica Sausage Soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 11- to 13- ounce fully cooked smoked Potuguese linguica sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 medium onions, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams; about 2 large), peeled, halved and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 pound white-skinned potatoes, peeled, halved and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
6 cups chicken broth
1 9-ounce bag fresh spinach

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat.  Add sausage and cook until brown, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.  Transfer sausage to a paper towel to drain.

Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add all potatoes and cook until they begin to soften, stirring often, about 12 minutes.

Add broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Simmer until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.  Using a potato masher, mash some of the potatoes in the pot.  Add browned sausage to soup.  Stir in fresh spinach and simmer just until wilted, about three minutes.  Season with salt and divide among bowls to serve.

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  1. Ah, Linguisa…one of the best foods on Earth. I saw this in the new issue of BA, but your photos put theirs to shame. Your dish looks amazing!

  2. snowmoonelk 2

    Looks delicious! Is Linguica the same as or similar to Chorizo?

  3. Yummy! I love sausages in stews and soups! They add so much flavours!

  4. That is a spectacularly beautiful soup – your pictures are wonderful.

  5. I am going to make this for my family which they will love….but I am in fear that they will want to pack up and leave me for you.

    Marlene

  6. Laura 6

    It’s 22 degrees here today.
    F.Y.I.

  7. That is spectacular! I love the surprise spinach factor. I’ve never had linguica, but will be looking for it now. Best of all, this soup is naturally gluten free if you use a chicken broth (or make your own) that is gluten free. My support group will love this one!

  8. Lori 8

    Mmm, that sausage looks so good! It’s really popular here in Hawaii, we call it Portuguese sausage. :)

  9. Barbie with a T 9

    WOW, that soup looks delicious. My two favorite things, sausage and potatoes together in a thick tasty broth. I will definitely try this soup. The spinach adds the final touch, especially in presentation. Thanks for sharing this recipe. We still have cold weather here, and it will be a warm welcome soup surprise around our house.

  10. Carolyn 10

    It’s definitely soup weather in Michigan today (-2 this morning), and will probably be soup weather until well into March. So keep the soup recipes coming. (And can you send a little of that fantastic CA weather our way? We could sure use it.):P

  11. Julia 11

    If you’re missing the crappy weather, you could come to Boston! We could use some of that fabulous looking soup here!!!

  12. That soup would be perfect for the very winter like weather we’re having here in New England…something to warm you up so you can feel your extremities again!

  13. Potatoes and sausages in a soup – what could be better? Linguica is somewhat scarce hereabout (MN) but I have found it at a local Ukrainian sausage shop; looks like it’s time to stock up on some links!

  14. I love soup and this looks amazing. In that first shot I thought the spinach was basil! I would be happy either way!

  15. nina 15

    I am also so ready for winter, we’ve had such a blaze these last few days. Interesting sausage, but I have never seen it here..Do you think chorizo will also work?

  16. DD 16

    I’m loving this NorCal weather too! It’s definitely a nice reprieve from the ice of Scotland! I’m still in soup phase as well– warm and cozy and deelish.

  17. A turn for the fantastic…i like that!

    This soup looks wonderful..my husband would really enjoy it.

    :)Doreen

  18. Liz C. 18

    I’m not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, but this actually looks and sounds delicious, and the sausage makes it a bit decadent. I always like a little decadence with my evening meal…

  19. Nice weather here this week too. Things are drying off a bit.

    Love the combination of sausage and sweet potato.

  20. Katrina 20

    Lucky with the weather! We’re looking at in the below teens!
    Ooh, the soup looks good. I’m not a big sausage eater, but recently had some kielbasa chopped small in a soup and it was good. I’d sub most of the sausage in this for chicken, then ooh, it looks and sounds GOOD!

  21. Cassie 21

    Mmmm, this looks really good! I can’t wait to try it.

  22. Egghead 22

    Yeah the weather is still cold enough here to make a good hot soup. This looks so delicious. Maybe I will stop by the store and bring home the ingredients tonight.

  23. All the warm weather must have gone your way–it certainly isn’t here! My outdoor thermometer is reading -11 at this moment!

    I have never heard of that sausage before–it sounds good and the whole dish looks great!

  24. Mary 24

    The colors here are amazing. I’ve never tried the sweet potato-hot sausage combo – I’ll have to remedy that very soon.

  25. Bob 25

    That looks friggin awesome. I love linguica.

  26. OK, seeing as Nature’s freezer’s going to hit us here in Texas tonight, I know what I’ll be making.

  27. shorts? we have gone to wearing parkas! 15 degrees, but this soup would work on a day like today!
    Great photos Cath!

  28. ELRA 28

    This combination is new to me, why didn’t I think of something like this before? Spicy linguica sausage bites then smooth it out with the sweetness of sweet potato, hmmm sounds like my kind of soup Cathy!
    Cheers,
    Elra

  29. Well that certainly looks good. You are an overachieving Ho!

  30. I am SO not a soup person, but this has even me drooling!

  31. Cathy 32

    Similar.  Chorizo would be the perfect substitute.

  32. Pam 34

    I am a soup person and this would be perfect for dinner tonight. Mmmmm good.

  33. tipper 35

    Would be perfect for the frigid weather we are having. 22 degrees here and it’s lunch time!

  34. Alisa 36

    I’m with you! I want my rain back. I’m not ready for spring yet.
    That soup looks extra yummy.

  35. tamilyn 37

    Why can’t they make Smell-O-Puter? It looks divine. Oh, and it is -28 here in MN with a -38 windchill-sunny as all get-out, but colder than the dickens. This would warm me right up!

  36. Cheryl 38

    Embarrassingly, I’d never HEARD of linguica sausage — and therefore a virgin, but am ready to try it! (be deflowered?)

  37. Marjie 39

    I like anything with sausage, but I have to cook extra to allow me to pick at it and make sure the sausage is good.

  38. Marjie 40

    Oh, and I’ll send you my subzero weather with wind and snow. It’s all gift boxed, just send me your address. Sunshine and warm, my @**!

  39. Rita Joiner 41

    Just found your blog through Tastespotting (I think that’s how I found it…) and had a blast spending the last couple of days reading it. (I’m a few days postpartum and taking it really easy.) Just loved it! You’re hilarious.

  40. Rita Joiner 42

    Just found your blog through Tastespotting (I think that’s how I found it…) and had a blast spending the last couple of days reading it. (I’m a few days postpartum and taking it really easy.) Just loved it! You’re hilarious.

  41. Sandie 43

    Delicious, and full of flavors I love the most. I’ve been on a soup kick as of late—this recipe will fit in quite nicely.

  42. Did someone say sausage? I’m in! I’ve never actually tried linguica (I’ve never tried merguez either), but unless it’s a fish sausage, there aren’t too many sausages I don’t like.

    You’re not ready for warm weather? How about you come to NY where it’s bitter cold and getting colder and we keep getting these little snowstorms. You’ll be begging to go somewhere where you can wear shorts!

  43. Warm weather??!@#$ What the heck?!? And you are complaining. Jeez Cath. It is snowy & FREEZING here in NYC. Supposed to be about 6 degrees tonight. No, not 36, not 26, but SIX degrees – yes, Fahrenheit!

    This cold weather has that sausage soup (which I will sadly never have) lookin’ real good. Gonna have to settle for tossing some stuff in the slow cooker…

    Enjoy your warmth!

  44. Rebel 46

    This looks absolutely delish. I’ve never seen that sausage around here but I’ll start lookin’ more for it. I need somethin’ like this today. It’s arctic cold here.

  45. Suzette 47

    As I sit here, shivering next to the space heater, while outside the temperature is dropping – on its way down to TEN…I’ll try not to begrudge you the nice weather you’re having. After all, my BIL and dognephew just moved to your fair city, so I know they’re enjoying the mild running weather. But, really…this (wonderful looking and sounding) soup seems tailor made for the fireplace huddling at our house tonight! Good luck with the Ho Down, BTW!

  46. Have to say I’m a bit envious of your weather, but I think my soup envy out weighs the weather envy. That looks fantastic!

  47. Lo! 49

    This looks downright amazing. We love a good sweet potato soup… though we tend to puree ours. Nice flavor combo with the snausages!!

  48. Tanya 50

    That soup looks soooooo good! I could really go for some of that right now, since it’s -6 degrees not including windchill right now. I’m trying not to be upset with you right now. :)

  49. Louise 51

    Soups with sausage are always a hit in our house. Don’t spill the beans on how the spices in the sausage flavor the broth, making it truly wonderful and that it didn’t take hours of work over a hot stove. As a fellow Californian, I do miss the welcome warmth of the hot stove on what should be these cold days.

  50. Melissa 52

    How totally easy! Great submission.

    And I swear you are the only person besides me who wants the cold and rain back. I miiissss it. Come baaaack.

  51. imom 53

    Wow, that looks delish! I mad a dish the other night that involved roasting sweet potatoes, gold potatoes, and spicy chicken sausage. The combined flavor of the sweet potatoes and the sausage was unbelievably good! I will be trying this soup.

  52. grace 54

    not that i’m one to complain (yeah, right), but it’s freakin’ 0 degrees here and you’re running around in shorts? i need to relocate.

  53. Looks good and it’s cold here. Made pork chops with cranberry sauce and red wine. Added a few embellishments, I can’t ever just follow a recipe. It turned out very tasty!

  54. As a good portuguese I LOVE lingiça! This soup is right up my alley!

  55. Dawn 57

    Heaven in a bowl. I made it for dinner. It was absolutely wonderful! Thank you for this one, you really know how to pick them.

  56. kayola 58

    Seriously….can I just pack my bags and move in with you????? You meals are killer! Always look so yummy…oh my stars! And I’m with you…oh man bring the cold back….I am running the air conditioning in my car and it is warmish…we get ENOUGH of that in AZ all year….GIVE ME CHILLY!

  57. Jane 59

    Your photography is consistently very good, but that opening shot of this soup has got to be one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen on a food blog! Thank you!

  58. shonda 60

    I’m not really a fan of spicier sausages, but I love like polish or smoked. Will that be a good substitute?

  59. Cathy,
    That sounds really GOOD – and the picture looks outstanding !!!

  60. Julie 62

    That sounds really great…although I’m a little suspicious of the sweet potatoes in there. Of course I’d give it a try.
    Seems like I’m always wanting to have chili when it’s 115 degrees here in Phoenix.

  61. HoneyB 63

    Come on over to NNY Cathy. You can have your clouds, doom, gloom and below zero weather to boot! 😉

  62. dlyn 64

    Looks so good Cathy – I love sausage and sweet potatoes or squash combined. Will give this a try for sure!

  63. Laura 65

    Gawd that’s gorgeous. I love sausage. And sweet potatoes.

  64. pam 66

    I’ve never heard of that kind of sausage. I love finding new things to try!

  65. Fantastic colours in the first photo! They really pop!

  66. Sweet potatoes!!! Just adore them. If we can’t find linguica, chorizo would be just fine.

  67. Richard 69

    Great Soup! During this time of year my wife and I try to pick a soup and make it for our lunches for the following week. Of course we always have to taste it as we are putting it into our lunch containers and this is fabulous. I know my staff are going to be asking about it as I warm it up in the microwave for lunch. :) I like the yams in it as they don’t tend to take my blood sugars up like just plain potatoes. Thanks for sharing the recipe!