Around Christmas last year my neighbor asked me if I wanted any turnips greens because more had come up than they could eat.  I always say yes to free food!  The boys and I grabbed some grocery sacks and pulled up two big bags full.  I wasn’t going to be able to cook them any time soon so I rinsed them off and put them in the freezer for later.  When later came I added them to a pot of Swamp Soup, also known as plain old turnip green soup.

Swamp Soup is very versatile and no two recipes are the same.  Use whatever beans or greens you prefer or have on hand.  You can use any kind of smoked sausage you like as well.  I used a Cajun sausage because of the name, the word swamp always reminds me of Louisiana. If you need an easy recipe to use up some greens, throw a pot of this hearty soup together with a little Cajun cornbread and you’re good to go!



Swamp Soup


1 small onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon butter or your favorite cooking oil

1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic (or sub 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)

1 pound smoked sausage, chopped (I used Cajun but you can use andouille or your favorite)

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups vegetable broth (or sub chicken broth)

Navy beans* (see note)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 pound of fresh or frozen turnip greens (if frozen, thaw before adding to soup)

1/2 teaspoon salt

optional: 1/2 Tablespoon hot sauce (like Tabasco) or 1/2 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning (if not using Cajun sausage)


Heat butter in pot over medium heat and sauté onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes. If using garlic powder do not add at this time. Add chopped sausage and cook until brown.

Add all other ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

swampsoup turnip green soup