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Sausage or Boerewors – both perfect for soup.

Posted on May 18, 2011 by in beef

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I am a sausage snob! There, I’ve said it! I take buying and eating sausage or boerewors as we call it in this part of the woods, seriously. I have tasted and eaten my way through many so called “Champion” Sausages, that I can tell a good one from a really horrible one.
I can take up a whole post, writing about really bad sausage, what they look and taste like, but I would  be wasting my time. I prefer to tell you what a really good sausage or boerewors should be like:

 A really good sausage, to me, must:
– not be to thick
– be coarse in texture
– have no additives, just pure meat and some fat
– have a spicy, aromatic flavor
– have a definite farm style flavor with some coriander

The good news is, that I have found many good sausages on my travels, but it us crucial that you ask the butcher or farmer what is in the sausages before you buy it. The reward  for all your efforts, is just so worth it! Few things can beat a good old fashioned  South African Boerewors Roll, but I have also used my sausage in Patatas Bravas, Bangers and Mash, Paella and what will a barbeque or braai be without a good sausage on the grid!
Last week, I popped in at Oded’s Kitchen and came across a packet of sausages that looked really good. With me being super full of nonsense when it comes to  sausages, I was happy to taste these delicious sausages!
I made a delicious meal of these sausages with mash and a chunky onion and apple relish(post to follow soon).  The remainder of the sausages I used in a tomato and lentil soup and boy, oh boy, it was so delicious that even my children asked for more!

Tomato and Lentil Soup with Spicy Meatballs 

500gr sausage 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tins of red lentils – rinsed
2 tins of canned cherry tomatoes
1 small sachet tomato paste
1 medium onion – chopped
1-2 cloves garlic – crushed
fresh basil or parsley
salt and pepper
about 2 tsp sugar.
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
more fresh basil or parsley for garnishing
creme fraiche or yogurt(optional)

Take the sausage meat out of the casings and form into small meatballs. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based pot and fry the meatballs until they are golden brown. Remove from the pot and keep one side. In the same sausage flavored oil, add the paprika and saute the onion and garlic. When the onion is soft and translucent, add all the ingredients except the creme fraiche and some of the fresh herbs. Bring to the boil and add the meatballs. Turn the heat right down and allow the soup to simmer and for  the sausage flavors to infuse all the other ingredients. When ready to serve, drizzle some creme fraiche  over the top and sprinkle with the fresh herbs. Serve with a crusty farm loaf!

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39 Responses to “Sausage or Boerewors – both perfect for soup.”

  1. Colleen 18 May 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Has to be my lucky day Nins….a) that I actually saw this come up on fb as I was shutting it down for the night and b) if this comment goes through…I have struggled for ages to comment and have given up. But this prize is worth a try! Beautiful soup. And I also love Rudi's sausages. Do your kidlets eat the chilli??
    Answer: 49 en-suite rooms!! xx

  2. Nina 18 May 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Hi Colly, so glad you could post a comment. I miss you so, don't know when we will be kuiering a little again!!

  3. Jessica 18 May 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    I've never thought about using plain old boerewors in soup before, yours looks amazing!
    Knysna is one of my favorite places, holding my thumbs hard for this competition! The answer: 49 rooms (and I didn't steal Colleen's answer I swear! Looked all on my own :P)

  4. Fritz 18 May 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    Nina the soup looks great!

    I have never really played about with wors in the kitchen, I just love braaing it too much to ever really try anything else, but I shall try.

    The answer is 49 rooms 🙂

  5. vanillasugar 19 May 2011 at 1:24 am #

    wow! nice giveaway. 49 rooms (I had to pull out my calculator as my brain is fried).
    and yes, I couldn't agree more with you on the sausages. I love to get mine from whole foods as I know there won't be any funky parts in there AND it will be well-seasoned.

  6. Explorer 19 May 2011 at 1:33 am #

    Sausage is an integral part of our kitchen. Many creative meals to be made with it.

    49 rooms lurking in Knysna.

  7. 19 May 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Oh, I would love to win this! the answer is 49 en-suite rooms 🙂

  8. Tuinmeisie 19 May 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Wow Nina, I never thought of using sausage in soup. It looks amazing.

    There are 49 en-suite rooms at the Graywood Hotel.

  9. Shane 19 May 2011 at 9:41 am #

    49 rooms. just heard this recipe on rsg 🙂

  10. Mad about F1 19 May 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Fantastic! Have never thought of using boerewors in soup before! Will be on the mnu this weekend 😉

    The answer is 49 en-suite rooms at the Graywood Hotel.

  11. Sonja 19 May 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Hi, this boerewors resipe give me that "farmhouse" feeling. It's good to be home…

    49 Rooms ;))

  12. Elsabe 19 May 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Thank you for the soup recipe!

    Do you know where in Pretoria one will find good sausage?

    Graywood hotel has 49 rooms

  13. LadyRaven 19 May 2011 at 11:38 am #

    One of the reasons I can't wait to be back in my own kitchen is that my mom doesn't allow pork in the house and I just LOVE Rudi's sausages. Especially the American Breakfast Sausage (made with real maple syrup)

    oh and the answer 49 en-suite rooms

  14. Christine 19 May 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi Nina

    This soup looks finger licking good.

    Thanks a lot and also thank you for emailing me back.

    God bless


  15. Cindy 19 May 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    49 en suite rooms 🙂

  16. Dawid 19 May 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    We share the same sentiments re a good boerewors. Me and some friends make our own with our secret recipe.
    Definitely going to make the soup.
    Graywood Hotel has 49 en-suite rooms.

  17. Betty Bake 19 May 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    49 rooms 🙂

    it would be so nice to win this 🙂

    have a fab day Nina and I to am a sausage snob 🙂

    Betty Bake

  18. Jaylo 19 May 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I'm making potato bake with sausage in it tonight for dinner !
    49 en-suite rooms

  19. polkadotcupcake 19 May 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Ah, the right boerewors is a fiddly thing to find.. even as a non-boeremeisie I'm ridiculously fussy about it. And what a lovely soup.. mmm
    There are 49 rooms at the Graywood Hotel.. And what a lovely giveaway!

  20. That Girl 19 May 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Soon you'll start making your own!

  21. Ocean Jewels Fresh Fish 19 May 2011 at 8:52 pm #

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  22. Ocean Jewels Fresh Fish 19 May 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    49 Rooms
    What a great way to use a sausage. I totally agree with you about the awful sausages with added, grains, soya and whatever else. Since I started buying Rudi's sausages I can't go back.

  23. Darlene 20 May 2011 at 8:19 am #

    49 rooms
    Perfect recipe for winter…

  24. Darlene 20 May 2011 at 8:19 am #

    49 rooms
    Perfect recipe for winter…

  25. Carel 20 May 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Hi Nina,
    I love soup but hate boerewors as I battle to find a really good one in the Pretoria area. My favourite butcher (female) that made her own secret recipe boereword sold the shop and moved back to Namibia. However, I am certainly going to try this recipe tomorrow.
    As far as the competition is concerned – 49 rooms. We love the area and have a place on Cola Beach in Sedgefield. However, living in Pretoria means that we do not get the full use of the rates and taxes that we pay to Knysa Municipality. Staying at the hotel will be a real treat. Maryna

  26. johandeleeuw 22 May 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Hallo Nina,
    Ek help my vrou in die huis en kook so 3-5 maal per week. Toe ek jou hoor op Radie Sonder Grense toe weet ek hier kom vinnige voorbereiding vir lekker kossies. (Lekker eet is my swakpunt.) Vandag gaan ek die wors resep probeer, dit klink fantasties.


    Johan de Leeuw

    49 kamers om van te kies

  27. chocswirl 22 May 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    OMW this is the perfect winter soup! I'm getting that warm cozy feeling just looking at it.

    Oh, and the hotel has 49 en-suite rooms 🙂

  28. PinkPOlkaDot 22 May 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Sounds delicious, Nins!! I can see that this sausages from Rudi's are superiour and made with real meat!! I think even Boykie, my son, will enjoy this soup!

    The answer is 49 en-suite bedrooms!!

  29. PinkPOlkaDot 22 May 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Sounds delicious, Nins!! I can see that this sausages from Rudi's are superiour and made with real meat!! I think even Boykie, my son, will enjoy this soup!

    The answer is 49 en-suite bedrooms!!

  30. Willemien 23 May 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Sausages in soup is comfort food on a wet winters day. We love it.

    Answer: 49 en-suite bedrooms

  31. Trixi 23 May 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Thanks Nina! This looks like a weeknight winner. I am so running out of ideas for what to make for supper. Those 30min creations with as little mess possible…

    Answer: 49 en-suite bedrooms

    I have a special birthday coming up and we are planning to go to Knysna. Have checked it out. Looks really nice.

  32. Linda Harding 26 May 2011 at 9:21 am #

    This looks amazing, Nina! Nothing beats fresh, artisan sausage as compared to the rather questionable stuff you find stacked up in the supermarkets!

    I would absolutely love to win this competition! I have always said that my body lives in Cape Town, but my heart is in the Garden Route. I would give anything to have the chance to go back for a much-needed holiday after all of the emotional turmoil of the last few months!

    The answer is 49 en-suite rooms.

  33. Marisa 26 May 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I was just about to say that the soup looks good, but it's a pity I don't have much time on my hands tonight, then I read the instructions and saw how quick it is to make. What a winner!!

  34. illanique van aswegen 26 May 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    perfect comfort food in a bowL! Looks so delicious x


  35. Anonymous 29 May 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    O yummy yummy. Nothing to comment just like to eat. It's a good recipe and everyone of my family liked it. Very delicious.

  36. Anonymous 16 June 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Very delicious food and easy recipe. I fond of it and my family members were liked it very much. They just waiting every weekend for it.

  37. Werner 15 November 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Hi daar, ek hou van kos maak en help graag my vrou in die kombuis. Die resep lyk heerlik sal dit graag een dag probeer. Die antwoord is 49 kamers. Baie dankie.

  38. Teresa Venter 9 April 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I am not a soup fan, but this really looks delicious. Will definitely try this one! Thank you Nina. Answer: 49 rooms.


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