With snow hovering around the East Coast these past few weeks and dark mornings where I stumble to the metro in darkness, all I have wanted to eat all day has been soup. Soup with kale, a garlicky soup, that would have me feeling the comforts of a diner meal with potatoes and sausage.. but in a healthy form.
With one potato, white beans, and chicken sausage, this soup fit the bill and warmed me to the core. If you are still wearing your jacket, scarf, hat, and mittens from your walk to work… make this now. It was my answer to combating this winter chill after a weekend in the blizzarding snow on Cape Cod!
Kale & White Bean Soup (serves 4-5)
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 chicken sausage (I like Trader Joes’ roasted garlic)
- 4 c chicken broth
- 1 can white kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 potato (or 1 c cooked rice/farro/quinoa)
- 1/2 c mushrooms
- 1/2 bunch of kale
- Salt and pepper
Sautee your chopped onion and sliced chicken sausage with garlic in a soup pot for a few minutes until it becomes fragrant. Add chicken broth, beans, chopped potato or grains, sliced mushrooms, and salt and pepper and cover for 30 minutes to simmer.
Once your potatoes are soft, rip or chop up your kale into bite size pieces and add it to the pot. Do not be tempted to add more broth at this point. Mix everything around so the kale wilts and soon enough it will shrink to a more manageable size and you will be able to see the soup again.
Serve with parmesan cheese on top.