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Turkey Kielbasa, Sweet Potato and Leek Soup


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 pound turkey kielbasa, chopped into medium dice

  • 4 medium leeks, roots removed, white and light green parts roughly chopped and thoroughly cleaned of all grit (dark green parts discarded)

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed

  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • A couple dashes hot sauce

  • A pinch nutmeg

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 cups chicken stock, divided

  • 5 leftover sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • Sour cream, low-fat or regular, for garnish (optional)


Place a soup pot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Once hot, add the kielbasa and cook until brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pot and reserve on paper towel-lined plate.

To the same pot, add the leeks, thyme, garlic, hot sauce, nutmeg, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes, until the leeks are tender. Transfer leeks to a food processor along with about 2 cups of the chicken stock and purée until smooth. Add the chunks of sweet potato and another 4 cups of the chicken stock -- work in batches if you have a small food processor or if you are working with a blender. Purée until smooth and return to the soup pot, adding enough chicken stock to achieve a thick and creamy soup consistency. Turn the heat on to medium-high, bring up to a bubble and simmer a couple of minutes. Serve the soup topped with some of the crispy turkey kielbasa and a dollop of sour cream, if desired.