Sometimes, I think of this soup as Man Soup because its got my man’s two favorite foods… beer and sausage. (Actually, I don’t think beer is his favorite, but he does enjoy a cold one.) That said, I’m a woman and I LOVE this soup. Back in the days when I wasn’t counting Weight Watcher points, Husband and I would eat this entire recipe in one night, along with half a loaf of Italian bread. One of the reasons I like this soup is all the spinach it requires…plus I like the cheese and sausage. 🙂 If prepared properly, the beer is hardly noticeable, if at all. I found this recipe in the December 2005 Hudson Valley Magazine. It’s real name is Beer Soup with Spinach, Cheese and Sausage.
When I make this soup, I use frozen breakfast sausage, spinach in the bags, Sam Adams beer, 1% milk and pre-shredded cheddar cheese. The end result is a hearty and very satisfying soup. Perfect for cold nights. We used to pick up a loaf of Italian bread to go with, but these days I prefer to bake my own Just Relax Bread.
Notes about the ingredients:
Sausage: I cook the sausages in the microwave for half the time suggested on the box. The goal is to cut them easily while not burning my fingertips. Most packages these days are 6-7 oz. That’ll do. Also, I cut the sausages with my handy kitchen shears.
Spinach: I use the pre-washed and bagged kind.
Scallions: I’ve made this soup with and without the scallions. They’re not a deal breaker, but better with the scallions. I use my kitchen shears to cut these as well.
Milk: I’ve used skim and I’ve used 1% with equally tasty results. Higher fat milk will burn more easily, so adjust accordingly if you use.
Beer: Sam Adams Boston Lager is a favorite at my house, but any full-bodied beer of your choice should work fine. I measure out one cup, then drink the rest of the bottle. 😉
Cheese: For convenience I use the pre-shredded type.