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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What to do with Kale?

Thursday was a REALLY late night at the office.  It was dark when I left.  I felt like being a wimp and stopping at Some Guys on the way home a picking up a huge bbq chicken salad or linguine with clam sauce.  Something comforting.  Something that meant I didn't have to cook.  My brain was full of financial plans and asset allocations and all that good stuff.  It didn't have room for recipes.  But, my budget won out.  Darn it.  Ok, so I need to set a good example for my clients.  Don't give in to whims.  It's not always fun.  What was in the fridge?  Lots of stuff that required lots of work.  And, one lonely sweet Italian sausage.  Hmmm, there's a huge stand of kale in the front garden that's just been crying out to be used.  What about a sausage and kale soup?  Ok, that'll work.  It's easy and filling and good for us.

What did we think?  Well, Connie thought it was soup.  It was.  But, he always gripes about soup.  I ignore him.  Soup is good for you and I love it and I'm the cook.  Therefore, he eats soup.  He also whines about fruit.  He eats it.  Really, he's a good sport and he's just kind of whining in jest.  At least I take it that way because he usually cleans his plate or his bowl, very frequently says it was good and doesn't go fix himself a pb and j.  He says he eats anything but corn chowder.  He does but he whines.  That's ok.  Me, I loved it.  The flavors played really well together.  It was super easy to make.  The leftovers were killer.  I'll make this as long as the kale lasts out front - which ought to be well into November.

 Kale and Sausage Soup

 4 oz crumbled sweet Italian sausage
1 medium potato, finely diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 c homemade chicken broth (canned if necessary)
chili powder to taste
cumin to taste
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
1 1/2 c chopped fresh kale
1/4 c finely shredded Romano

Brown and drain the sausage. 

Add the potato,


beans, chicken stock and seasonings. 

Cook for aobut 15-20 min until the potatoes are tender. 

Add the kale and cook just until it's tender. 

Serve with the grated Romano on the side.


Belinda @zomppa said...

Oooooooh. I have Italian sausage sitting on my counter, and you just may have inspired me!

Fight the Fat Foodie said...

I absolutely love sausage and kale soup. Yours looks great. I made a light version, if you're interested.

Lizzy said...

I have some kale in the fridge! This sounds delicious...maybe it will finally cool down enough for soup :)

Susi said...

Very comforting, hearty soup! Love it :o)

Serena said...

Looks delicious! I love kale in soup - thanks for sharing the recipe.

Seriously Soupy

Koci said...

Yum! I never know what to make with kale and this looks perfect! Nothing goes better with the fall weather like a hearty soup.

Anonymous said...

WOW, delishious. I love sausage and kale!

eonyc said...

I'm learning to love kale--will have to try this!

Skylar Wolfe said...

Looks delicious and perfect for the fall!

sevgi said...

Your soup does look delicious and very comforting :) It's funny, my husband seems to gripe about soups, but eats them anyway. This is a great one though since it looks hearty!

Becky said...

Soup is always comfort food to me, and yours looks so good. Will have to try it soon.

Lindsey @ FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD said...

Ooooo! Looks good! The Kale caught my eye cause I just posted a kale soup recipe( I'm working on a sausage soup post right now! Haaa. Next, I'll have to try yours!