As we deal with the last (hopefully) of the winter weather, I wanted to make a new soup…something I hadn’t seen before. A chowder came to mind….not a true chowder, which uses fish stock, but a creamed soup with big chunks of vegetables. I wanted a pepper soup. I thought of using chipotles but didn’t want to overpower the rest of the contents. Poblanos came to mind. Full of flavor with a their own bit of heat, but not so much you would overbalance the soup…I’m not trying to make Ian’s Incredible Chili.
Poblanos have a nice earthy base, so put mushrooms and chickpeas with them….onions of course, slowly sauteed for the sweetness. Add some sun-dried tomatoes with oregano to take it a little further. Instead of regular potatoes, I used sweet potatoes. For the meat…smoked turkey sausage after giving it a nice browning. Some Manchego cheese and a bit of half & half gave me a lovely soup to warm your soul.
This soup took about 45 minutes to make. My guys each ate 2 bowls full, so I think it’s made it onto my repeat performer’s list.
1-2 tbs olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
kosher salt, as needed
8 oz fresh crimini mushrooms (regular button mushrooms work too), cut in half then sliced
3 med-large poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
3 Tbs sun-dried tomato jam or tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2-1 tsp chipotle powder
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into medium size pieces
1 quart good chicken stock
1-15 oz can garbonzo beans, drained
10 oz turkey smoked sausage, cut into half moon slices
1 cup half & half
4 oz grated manchego cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
In a heated soup pot, add oil and then chopped onion. Saute over medium heat while you chop the mushrooms-add them to the pot. Sprinkle on 1/2 tsp salt. Cut up the peppers and toss them in as well, stirring after each addition. Add the tomato jam and stir again. Sprinkle on the oregano, cumin, coriander and chipotle powder, stir and let simmer a few minutes while you peel and chop the sweet potato. Add the potato and stir well. Pour in the chicken stock and garbonzo beans. Stir and reduce heat to simmer until potatoes are tender.
In a small skillet, brown the precooked sausage. Turn off heat once the sausage is heated through and nicely browned.
When the potatoes are tender, turn off the heat. Add the browned sausage and half & half, stirring well. Grate the manchego directly into the soup (no point in making a mess on the counter). Stir soup and taste. Add salt if needed. Ladle in bowls and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve immediately. Enjoy!