Southern Swamp Soup Recipe

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Once the temperature drops, my husband and I happily shift into soup mode. We pull out our favorite recipes, a wide range of creamy, hearty, brothy dishes that get us through the long, dark winter nights. We can't get enough of the ease of a good soup—add some crusty bread or a little green salad, and you're done—with the ability to warm you from head to toe.

One soup we make over and over again every winter is marshmallow soup. Does it sound messy? Yes, yes it does. It gets its name because of its appearance: shredded vegetables that float to the top. It doesn't sound as gross as it sounds, and it tastes a million times better.

Southern soups contain all the major food groups and lots of flavor, making it a delicious meal on its own.

What is swamp soup?

One of those dishes without a clear origin, you'll find swamp soup here and there throughout South America, I imagine it comes from a swampy area, but I can't swear to it. All I know is that this is a great soup.

This soup reminds me of pasta e fagioli with a flavorful and nutritious bonus ingredient. Creamy white beans are paired with a bit of tomato, smoked sausage like andouille, and small pasta like d'Italini or orzo. The finishing touch is lots of chopped vegetables. Turnip greens are the most common, but any hearty green will work.

The smoky sausage and chicken broth, along with the fried aroma, balance out this soup with plenty of flavor. We eat it on its own because it's warm and filling, but you can serve it with a fresh salad or bread.

Just recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek


A very doable recipe

The most common combo you'll find in swamp soup recipes is turnip greens, smoked sausage, and white beans. And this is truly a winning combo. However, it's easy to tweak this recipe to suit your tastes, your diet, and what you have on hand. Here are some ideas:

  • Beans: Any type of white bean works great here, including cannellini, great northern, and navy beans. White beans are best because they have a creamy texture, but you can use your favorite beans instead.
  • Vegetables: Add more vegetables, such as finely chopped bell peppers or carrots.
  • Vegetables: Although turnip greens are popular, other dark greens work as well, such as lacunato kale, collard greens, or Swiss chard. You can also use spinach — add it in the last few minutes of cooking so it doesn't overcook.
  • Smoked Sausage: Kale basa gives this soup a great flavor. Any non-smoked sausage works too. Just know that it won't add as much flavor to the soup as smoked sausage.

Just recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek


The soup is ready!

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