Pinspiration - Smoked Sausage & Vegetable Soup

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - I wanted something warm and hearty during a cold snap, but wanted to avoid the cream based soups and calories that come along with them.

This recipe is flexible, as far as your choice of vegetables but a stew mix was so handy at Food City that I just grabbed that, which included carrots, potatoes, onions, and celery.

What you need:
- smoked sausage (skinless is preferred)
- broth
- vegetable assortment (cabbage, kale, spinach, okra, and many others would also be good in this)
- tomatoes and chilies mix in a can (Rotel)
- mushrooms

A small batch, 4 servings, takes two smoked sausages, two cups of broth, 6 small potatoes, 6 carrots (the bigger baby carrots), three pieces of celery, and one can of Rotel.

Cooking options ... since smoked sausage is already cooked, we're really just heating this up and simmering to allow the flavors to mix and soften the vegetables. That means you can put this in a slow cooker or on the stove-top. The longer it simmers, the better the flavor. Up to two hours would be good!

Get to chopping! Cut up your vegetables and smoked sausage into bite sizes.

Add all of your chopped ingredients into your slow cooker or pot. Then pour your broth or stock and add water.

Sprinkle some garlic powder and cayenne pepper on top and let it cook and enjoy!