Bappy Balemtime’s Bay! (yes I’m that troll who still says it that way.)
I made you love soup! It’s love soup because you’re going to have a full blown heart attack once you find out what’s in it. Not because the ingredients are heart-attack inducing. I mean, they are. But not like, hospital-gown-open-in-the-back-see-your-bum-style. It’s more like a lovely heart attack. I happy heart attack. A romantic heart attack! A giddy, school girl heart attack!
I made you love soup.
You praaaabby already have your Valentine’s Day dinner menu mapped out like the organized planner that you are. But if not! I’ve totally got you covered with this. Because a) it doesn’t take 55 years, so you still have time to get your smooch on (sorry), and b) it’s a good mix of veggies slash health and CARBS. Because Valentine’s Day ain’t rightly Valentine’s Day without some pillowy carb nuggets, amiright?
The secret weapon in this soup? (and all soups, really) – ACID. Not to be confused with battery acid. But citrus! Citrus is the key ingredient to the good life. (and rosé, but I don’t have to tell you that.) Lemon or lime juice at the end of a soup will WAKE IT UP like whoa. And also, a good drizzle of olive oil. And a mama crack of black pepper. And a few gigantor shavings of fresh parmesan cheese. And your entire upper torso.
It’s super simple to pull together. First, you’ll broil some frozen corn. Like, straight from the freezer, on the pan, under the broiler, ba da bam. You won’t believe what eight minutes under that blast of heat will do to the corn. Perfectly sweet charred little nubs of corn delight. That in your soup? Please.
Slice and sauté your favorite chicken sausage. I chose sun-dried tomato this time around, but whatever you choose will have cartoon baby birds singing Disney songs at your windowsill.
The greens in this soup? Collards! I wanted a change from spinach and kale, but also something hefty and sturdy enough for a hearty winter soup like this. Collards are wonderful in it. Silky, but with guts. I like gutsy greens. Oh! Let’s start a band called Gutsy Greens! We suck.
Finally, your soul’s happy place – the gnocchi. You’ll add these last second, because they take like half a nano to soften in the soup. There’s also stuff like onions and garlic and tomatoes and carrots in it – but I wanted to keep the weeping to a minimum. Can’t mess up your mascara on a day like today.
Love soup! Totally a thing.
Love slurping is highly encouraged.