As far as sausages are concerned, some people love them while some others hate them. What most people do not know though, is how differently sausages taste in soups. A sausage soup can be surprisingly tasty, if the right ingredients are chosen and the right preparation is followed.
Sausage soup (Serves 6 people)
6 mild Italian sausages
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
3 yellow sliced onions
1 cup of flour
1 cup of chicken broth
3 glasses of milk
6 cups of chopped broccoli
3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of Cheddar cheese
3 thyme leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh oregano
Brown the sausages, equally on all sides, in a large saucepan for about 3 minutes, on medium heat. Use half of the unsalted butter. Remove from the pan and put them in a paper towel. Melt the butter in the saucepan. Slowly add the onions and saute until they are soft enough (3-4 minutes). Add the flour and stir all the ingredients well for 2 minutes. Remove and set aside in another paper towel.
In another large saucepan, add the chicken broth and the milk and bring to boil. Once that happens, add the broccoli and half the Parmesan and the Cheddar cheese. Wait until the broccoli becomes slightly crispy (2 minutes) and then remove it immediately.
Add the browned sausages into the soup and cook them for about 8 minutes. Remove them, put them in a paper towel and slice them. Add the rest of the unsalted butter, the thyme leaves and the fresh oregano and cook on medium heat, until the soup thickens a bit (in about 5 minutes). Slice the broccoli in little pieces and add it to the soup.
Drying the sausages in a paper towel is especially important. If they are put immediately on a plate their taste will be too intense.