Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Hearty Farmhouse Soup
by Csillag, SuSu

Soontir Fel has loved growing food plants all his life, even after disappearing into the Unknown Regions and maintained the farmhouse lifestyle of his youth in Corellia as much as possible. As life out there was much less certain than even the years of his youth under the Empire's thumb, he valued foods which could be stored for long periods of time so that he could make a good meal for his family and troops without having to forage much. Any animal slaughtered could be smoked and preserved, and crops like potatoes, garlic and onions were dried and could be stored safely all year in cellars or barrels, and things like cabbages (kale, swiss chard) could be sliced up, blanched, and frozen, and cream could likewise be frozen. Plus this soup was so good with other variations, depending on what vegetables could be foraged in situ, and even his pickiest child ate it (though it took a few years for Jagged to stop pushing aside the bits he didn't like). But never mind -- the other kids vied for the boy's leftovers, it was just as good without the broth. It was so hearty that the Chiss warriors Fel commanded could happily subsist on this soup through many a battle!

  • ½ lb / 450 g sausage, Italian, or spicy, or hot, or any flavoring, removed for its casing or chopped up
  • ¼ lb / 225 g bacon or ham, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth or water, or a mixture
  • 1 large baking potato, scrubbed and cubed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 small onion, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped kale or swiss chard or cabbage or spinach or collard greens, frozen is fine
  • ½ cup heavy cream or milk
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • hot sauce or pepper sauce, to taste
Line a microwavable bowl with paper towels and crumble the sausage meat over it. Cover with another paper towel and microwave on high, stopping every minute or so to stir it up and break up the lumps. When cooked through, remove the meat from the fat and place in a soup pot. Discard the fat-drenched paper towels. Cook the bacon in the same way, again placing the cooked bacon in the soup pot with the sausage. (If you prefer, the cooking of the meats can be done in the soup pot, but be sure to drain away the fat before going on with the recipe.)

Add the potatoes, garlic, onion and broth and/or water to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are tender. Add the kale to the pot and cook till tender. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream or milk. Season to taste with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Heat gently till just simmering. Ladle out into large bowls. Serves 6 as a full meal.

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