This is what I call a whole-meal soup. It is a great winter soup for the ski cabin. Serve it with a green salad; crusty country bread; cheeses and a hearty red wine!
Prick the sausages and cook in a skillet until browned and cooked through. You will need 1 lb. Italian, 1 lb. andouille, and 1/2 lb. hot Italian.
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, cook the onions in the olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and jalapeno and continue to cook for two more minutes. Add the celery, the carrots, and bell peppers. When partially softened, add the rutabaga, red potatoes, and the cabbage with the tomatoes and stock. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Cut the cooked sausage into the 1-inch pieces and add it to the soup with the ground pepper, salt, and fresh herbs. Continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. (Actually, this soup is designed to use up bits of uncooked vegetables such as broccoli stems or squash.)
Serves at least 20.