Lunch on the go is intrinsic to my life. Work can be breathtakingly busy in the hospital and there is little time to pause. I confess that I am either catching a bite in front of my computer or inhaling a quick wrap in between clinics. Of course not every day is so hectic but recently, a frightening proportion of time has been spent either skipping lunch or just living off the fumes of morning coffee.
I recently bought a pair of soup mugs. These sizable mugs are microwaveable and spill proof, allowing transport of hearty soups to work. I had given one mug to a good friend and colleague and a 10-refill promise as her birthday present. I got the mug back from her last week which is why I got to brewing this low carb soup tonight.
Low carb soups that are hearty do take a little work. Most hearty soups like chowder are carbohydrate-heavy. Even adding lentils or beans can increase the carb-count significantly. The trick is to use relatively low carb vegetables like cauliflower and celery. This sausage and spinach soup is relatively meaty but the spinach adds a healthy balance to this soup.
After the long SG50 weekend I am bracing myself for long days of work again and this satisfying soup at least is a silver lining in the cloud. Stay tuned for further installments of Healthy soups to go since it is pretty likely I will need to make a couple more soup lunches for work.
Sausage and Spinach Cream Soup
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 fresh uncooked sausages, casings removed
- 200g lardons or bacon rashers
- 2 L water or chicken stock
- 1 packet frozen spinach
- 1 cup cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Heat up the olive oil in a large soup pot.
- Sauté the lardons till the fat is rendered.
- Sauté the onions for about 4-5 minutes till lightly caramelized
- Brown the sausages, breaking them up into small pieces.
- Add the stock or water and bring to a boil. Add the salt, pepper and bay leaf and simmer for an hour.
- Add the cream and spinach and stir through. Boil for just 5 minutes. Serve hot or pack in soup mugs and refrigerate for the next day.