Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Sweet Labor of Love Recipe Swap And Blog Hop

Hello to all my visitors from Danielle's Blog  and to my regular readers who came here expecting a Tuesday Craft Post, well you are going to get a delicious recipe instead!  I suppose cooking is kind of like crafting as you are creating something!  I haven't done a recipe post in so long, but if I do one I usually post them on Saturday.  But my good blogging friend Leslie asked me to join her in a recipe swap blog hop, so here we are!

Now I think Leslie's intention was that we were to make a romantic meal for our loved ones over Valentine's Day weekend and then post the recipe.  My sweetheart was actually sick all last week and he still had a little bit of sickness over the weekend.  We still celebrated the holiday, but we did something a little more low key.  We drove to the Twin Cities to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.  You will hear more about that trip in tomorrow's travel post;  Because we took a small trip, I didn't make him a romantic dinner.  However, because he was sick I did make him SOUP! 

This is THE BEST SOUP TO MAKE IF YOUR SICK, because it's so spicy it makes your nose run!  Seriously, I can't eat this soup without a Kleenex nearby.  If spice isn't your thing, just switch out the Hot Italian Sausage for Mild.

My husband was thrilled I made this soup.  It is his favorite soup and he calls it "Restaurant Quality". I must admit, of all the soup recipes I've ever made (and I have made a lot of good ones!) this is my favorite too.  I make it every time my kids are home, and they rave about it.  And here's the best part:  It's a KETO recipe!  If you don't know what Keto is, it is the latest diet fad everyone is on right now.  I started eating Keto in the fall and LOVE it!  It is seriously the best diet I've ever been on because the food is so good!  A lot of people don't like Keto because they find it too restrictive.  I think those people just might not be cooking enough.  There are so many great books out there on Keto recipes.  You can also find a lot of great recipes on Pinterest, and that is where I found this one.

The name of this delicious soup is "Instant Pot Keto Tuscan Soup" and I found it on Eatwell101.  Now the recipe instructions are for an Instant Pot, however, if you don't own an Instant Pot don't fret, because neither do I.  I made mine the good old fashion way...on the stove top!  If you have an Instant Pot, feel free to follow the directions on Eatwell101, otherwise, follow mine below.


Stove Top Instructions:

1.  Remove the casings from the Italian sausage and brown the meat in a large soup pot.  

2. Add the garlic, onion, and oregano to the sausage and cook another 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent. Be sure to stir constantly!

3.  Add the chicken broth and the sun-dried tomatoes.  Season with pepper to taste.  I have  found that you don't need much pepper because the Italian Sausage is already so spicy.  Cook for  5 minutes

4.  Add kale and stir until the kale is wilted, about 1 - 2 minutes.  I have also made this soup with fresh spinach, and it works just as well.

5. Stir in heavy cream and heat till warm, about 1 minute.  Then adjust the seasoning of the soup with salt and pepper to taste.  I added salt in mine, but I didn't add any more pepper.

Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  You really MUST serve with parmesan cheese as it doesn't taste the same without it.

This is such a quick and easy soup to make.  It only takes about 30 minutes to make and serves 4.
If you need the nutritional information, it is available on Eatwell101.

Now, head on over to my good friend Marilyn and see what she made.  Marilyn's a real food blogger and always has something yummy to share!

And if you came here first and want to start the hop from the beginning, start at Deb's Blog.    There are nine bloggers participating in this recipe blog hop, so you will get nine recipes at the end of the hop!  I'm always looking for good recipes, so I'm pretty excited about this hop, are you?

And here’s the total list of all the bloggers involved in this hop:
  1. Deb Keyworth  http://debs14.blogspot.com/
  2. Juhli Newkirk  https://boomergirlsguide.blogspot.com/
  3. Danielle Park  https://familyloveinspirationeducation.wordpress.com/
  4. Amy Johnson  http://www.amyscreativepursuits.com/
  5. Marilyn Lesnik  https://www.marilynstreats.com/
  6. Penny Struebig  http://pennyspassion.blogspot.com/
  7. Anne Green  https://www.thecajuncouple.com/
  8. Laura Bambrick  http://www.idodeclaire.com/
  9. Leslie Clingan  http://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com/

Oh, and you're welcome to share your favorite recipe with us too by joining the link party below!  Now get hopping and linking and have some fun!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. I am HERE for this soup recipe- yum!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. Let me know what you think of it if you make it Ashley.

  2. This is such a perfectly timed recipe share - I have people coming for dinner on Sunday and one of them has to follow the Keto diet as he has just been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I am struggling to think of what to cook! This could be a great start to the meal!

    1. It would be perfect because it tastes so good that even people who aren't on Keto will love it.

  3. This looks so delicious! I don't eat keto, but I love soup!! Can't wait to try this out!

    1. The best thing about this soup, is everyone loves it whether they eat Keto or not. It's so good!

  4. We will need some real food to go along with all of the sweets! Lol
    It looks really good for a cozy night in.

    1. 😂I have no idea how I never saw that this was suppose to be a dessert blog hop and the rest of you ladies did. I even went back and looked up at the last three emails I received and there is no mention of sweets. It must have been in the very first email. I just remember reading “Romantic dinner”. Anyway I feel pretty stupid. I thought of taking the post down but that would mess up the hop. I never would have participated in the hop had I known it was desserts because I don’t eat sugar. I think I need to read more carefully next time.

  5. I'm all about soup this time of year! This looks and sounds delicious!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  6. So excited to have you join me for this recipe swap and blog hop. There were no restrictions on what we were supposed to make. Anything you made was perfect!! And I am thrilled to have a new soup recipe to try. Your soup is certainly a sweet labor of love. And it was made for your husband who was feeling poorly and loves this recipe. Doesn't get sweeter than that!! Will be trying this very, very soon and sharing with my Keto-dieting daughter. Thank you so much, sweet friend!!

    1. Thanks Leslie, that’s good to hear. I thought I got it all wrong when everyone else made sweets.

  7. Sounds tasty! I enjoy using my Instant Pot, so fast and easy! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 9 where I comment on and share on social media if share option is available, open February 1 to 26. My themed party 11 for Handcrafted Jewelry is open February 15 to 25 if you have any appropriate posts.


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