white bean, kale & sausage soup

white bean soup

Yesterday’s rainy, cold weather made me long for a bowl of soup.  A couple weekends ago, I whipped up this white bean, kale and sausage soup.  It was hearty and delicious.  Enjoy!

KALE, SAUSAGE, & WHITE BEAN SOUP

Ingredients:

1 lb spicy italian sausage (I used turkey sausage)
1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped (I use a mini cusinart to chop the onion, garlic, carrots, & celery)
1 garlic clove finely minced
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 can white beans
5 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
4 cups roughly chopped kale (I just do 4 big handfuls)

In a large pot or dutch oven, sauté the sausage until browned and cooked through, breaking into small chunks.  Remove sausage from pan and let drain on a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but one tablespoon of oil.  Sauté the onion in the remaining oil for 4-5 minutes until translucent.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook about 1 minute.  Add the celery and carrots and sauté until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.  Season with bay leaf, thyme, salt & pepper.  Stir white beans into pan.  Cook for 3 minutes, stir, then cook another 3 minutes.  Add the chicken stock and 2 cups of water to the pan, then bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and add in cooked sausage and the kale.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until the kale is soft.

 

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