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Savory Kale and Sausage Soup

Savory Kale & Sausage Soup is an easy, packed with nutrients, and very satisfying. It can be a whole meal by itself.

Savory Kale & Sausage Soup is an easy, packed with nutrients, and very satisfying. It can be a whole meal by itself.

This is my idea of comfort food – really robust and tasty, satisfying, yet really good for you. This dish is super high nutrition and low fat. I fixed this and made it my whole meal. Yum!

I decided to make this when I got a giant 1-lb bag of kale at King Soopers. It’s all washed & cut up, so no prep; just dump it in a pot and cook. The thing about kale is that it can be tough – so it might take a lot of cooking to get it tender enough. Otherwise, this is a piece of cake.

I think this combination of flavors is just perfect. The seasonings, kale and sausage just work together. And I love the way mashing the beans thickens the sauce while adding just the right texture and flavor.

This one’s a keeper, one of the recipes that I’ll make over and over on just regular days when I want to good healthy, easy dinner. Hope you enjoy it!

Savory Kale and Sausage Soup
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil (or about 1 tsp dried basil)
  • ½ lb mild chicken, turkey, or pork Italian sausage, removed from the casing
  • 1 14.5 oz llow sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cups kale, stems removed and leaves cut into ribbons
  • 1 (15-oz) can cannellini white beans (other white beans will do)
  • ½ cup mild or medium diced green chiles
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thyme, garlic, and herbs and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until it loses its pink color, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, kale, and beans and bring to a simmer. Fold in the kale to get it covered with liquid and starting to wilt. Cook 15-20 minutes or until kale is desired tenderness.
  3. Using a potato masher, smash some of the beans to thicken the broth. Cover and allow to cook until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes longer. Stir in the green chiles, season to taste with salt and pepper, ladle into bowls, and serve.
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Commentary:
This is my idea of comfort food - really robust and tasty, satisfying, yet really good for you. This dish is super high nutrition and low fat. I fixed this and made it my whole meal. Yum!
I decided to make this when I got a giant 1-lb bag of kale at King Soopers. It's all washed & cut up, so no prep; just dump it in a pot and cook. The thing about kale is that it can be tough - so it might take a lot of cooking to get it tender enough. Otherwise, this is a piece of cake.

I think this combination of flavors is just perfect. The seasonings, kale and sausage just work together. And I love the way mashing the beans thickens the sauce while adding just the right texture and flavor.

This one's a keeper, one of the recipes that I'll make over and over on just regular days when I want to good healthy, easy dinner. Hope you enjoy it!

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