But when it arrives, when the first snowfall comes - there's a peaceful beauty about it that hushes all of those negative voices. Granted, when you have to get out there and shovel it, they return - but for a brief moment, everything is still. Everything is still and I'm reminded that winter is just another season, and without it we'd never see Spring.
This is one of my favorite soups from Gluten Free Goddess. The first time I made it was a couple of years ago, and each time I make it I'm reminded of how much I adore it. Plus, it has beer in it, so.....
adapted from Gluten Free Goddess
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 half head of cabbage, cored and sliced thin
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 sausages or brats (we used Applegate Chicken & Apple and they were amazing!)
5-6 cups chicken broth, start with 5 and add up to another cup if you look like you need it
1 bottle of your favorite beer (I prefer a darker beer in this soup)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the onion; stir for five minutes or so. Add the garlic, carrots and potatoes. Let cook for another five minutes and then add the cabbage until it wilts. Add the sausage and season with salt and pepper.
Pour in the beer and let cook for a minute before adding the broth. Cover and bring to a high simmer; then lower the heat a bit and simmer until the vegetables are fork tender- about 25 minutes.