Monday, January 11, 2010

Smoked Sausage, Rice and Mushroom Soup/Stew

Rachael Ray would call this a stoup, which is supposedly a cross between a stew and a soup. But since I don't use such ridiculous words you're going to have to trust me that a big bowl of this thick hearty concoction will leave you wanting to shout "YUM-O!" Or is it "DELISH!?" Either way, grab your spoonula and dig in.

Smoked Sausage, Rice and Mushroom Soup/Stew

1 pkg (6 oz) long grain and wild rice (I used Uncle Ben's flavored with garlic and olive oil)
1/2 lb. fully cooked smoked sausage (I used smoked turkey sausage)
1 TBSP plus 2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups onion, diced
10 oz mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
3 cups chicken broth
2 TBSP corn starch
1/3 cup half & half (I used fat free)
green onions for garnish

Make rice per package instructions but do not use the butter that is recommended. Set aside.

Slice sausage in half lengthwise then dice into 1/2" pieces. Heat one TBSP olive oil in soup pot. Add sausage pieces and brown, 3-5 minutes. Remove from pot with slotted spoon to paper towel. Set aside.

Add remaining two tsp olive oil to pot. Add onions and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, tarragon and thyme. Saute until onions have softened and mushrooms have given up their liquid, 5-7 minutes. Add chicken broth and Worchestershire sauce. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Dissolve cornstarch in a tablespoon or two of cold water. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the soup. Continue to boil for a minute or two. Reduce heat a bit and stir in the reserved rice and sausage. Turn off heat and add half & half. Serve in soup bowls and garnish with sliced green onions.

*Disclaimer: This is not a Rachael Ray recipe. (But it's tasty enough to be!)


Moogie said...

Yum... girl. Are you keeping warm?

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I have never seen fat-free half and half. I guess I have had blinders on! I love smoked sausage but never thought to make a stoup with them.

Frieda said...

My hubby won't eat soup or stew unless it's in a bread bowl...go figure! This looks hearty enough to forgo the bread bowl~

Velva said...

This hearty soup looks delicious. In fact, on these chily days, this soup would warm the body and satisfy the soul. Awesome!

Barbara Bakes said...

That does look yumo with a splash of cream! Perfect for a cold winter's night!

A Year on the Grill said...

yum sounding... you did your best to cut the fat out... for us in moderation mode... but where on earth can you find fat free half and half... what's the other half if not fat???

Debbie said...

Love sausage in stews, it just gives it such flavor! Great recipe!

Karen said...

Nice, easy soup for a quick dinner... just add bread ;)

Lea said...

Beautiful looking soup - couldn't you just brown the sausage without the oil? I would think it has enough added fat to do that - not sure... but olive oil is heart healthy and does add good flavor! So it is a win win situation... hmmmm choices - I love choices!!! You make me smile, Mags - you really do!

stephchows said...

lol... made up words are only fun when not shouted on national tv :D

comfycook said...

This soup is a meal. I can't imagine eating much with it. Maybe a light salad.

I have not eaten sausage in a dozen years and recently (now that we are cutting back on meat) I discovered how to use it, in such interesting ways.

I have to save this one to make in the future. It looks so good.

Pam said...

That looks so rich!

Mags said...

Moogie: The weekend was bitter but we're starting to warm up a little bit now.

All our fingers: You could also use evaporated milk instead of the half & half.

Frieda: It is hearty, but wow, how delicious it would taste in a bread bowl.

Velva: It definitely is satisfying to both body and soul.

Barbara: Exactly!

A Year: Land-O-Lakes makes fat free half & half. Great for coffee too!

Debbie: Thanks!

Karen: Bread to sop it up, definitely. Thanks for commenting.

Lea: I used turkey sausage so it was lean enough to need a little oil to get it browned without burning. It's so nice to know I make you smile!!

Steph: LOL... exactly!

comfycook: Yes, it's a meal in itself.

Pam: It tasted rich, but without all those calories that usually accompany rich.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Hehe... all of your Rachael Ray references made me chuckle. Looks like a tasty dish to me!

June said...

Watch out RR - here comes Magnificent Mags! This looks truly delicious!

Sherylyn said...

Looks SO yummy, I think I will be making this one or some version thereof!

Juley B. said...

I made this the other night and it was so good. I had some left over sour cream so added that instead of the 1/2 and 1/2 and I used a whole box of chicken broth. Rather than buy fresh herbs I used some herbes de provence and it was great. I loved the flavor. I told my husband that it was so good and looked so nice that I wouldn't be afraid to fix that for company. Good work!

Hannah said...

This looks so unique and delicious! Mushrooms are my favorite food, and I love recipes that move beyond the usual. :-)