It’s finally soup weather here in Southeastern Massachusetts and I couldn’t be happier. As much as I love summer and hate to see it go, well, I love comfort food and nothing is more comforting than soup – except maybe mashed potatoes and gravy but my family doesn’t think you can make a meal out of that. Crazy people, I know.
Anyway, I made a big pot of soup for dinner last night and I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. I didn’t make it up completely but adapted it from a few things I found on the web while searching for ways to use up this week’s supply of eggplant. My family enjoyed it and I hope you will, too.
Roasted Eggplant and Sausage Soup
3 large eggplant
2 leeks, white part only, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (I also threw in a teeny tiny hot pepper)
3 medium plum tomatoes, chopped,
2 garlic cloves
8 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 bay leaf
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 lb. sausage, casings removed and crumbled (I used a combination of sweet and spicy)
1. Preheat oven to 375 D.
2. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise, and brush with the olive oil. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper cut side down and bake for about 1 hour or until lightly browned and flesh is soft. Remove and cool slightly.
3. While the eggplant is roasting, in a large pot, brown sausage in olive oil. Cook on high heat until no longer pink. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
4. Add the onions, garlic and leeks to sausage drippings and saute for 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat until golden and very soft.
5. Add the peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, bay leaves and stock. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes.
6. Scrape the flesh from eggplant and coarsely chop. Add to soup along with cooked sausage.
7. Add cream and heat thoroughly. I also hit it with the stick blender at this point.
8. Serve with crusty bread.
9. Sigh with satisfaction.