Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sweet Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup

 
Sweet Turkey Sausage & Kale Soup

  Yesterday I got it into my head that I wanted to make soup, specifically kale soup because it seems to be the kind of in thing lately.  I have never had kale before so I was a little worried about picking a recipe.  As I was meandering through blogs and recipes it started to snow those big white soft flakes and it was just so beautiful.  I was sitting on my couch, in front of the pellet stove and drinking my coffee when I came across this one blog that was BASHING my beloved snow!  It's a great blog even if the writer is a bit confused about snow ;) Wine and Glue
  Jesse and I were also planning on going to the gym after he got done with work so I figured this recipe would be great since it was so high in protein.  After getting our sweat on we picked up the ingredients, came home, cranked the music up and I started cooking & dancing in the kitchen!  This didn't take very long at all to make especially considering how distracting singing and dancing is haha.

Ingredients:
  • 1.25lb Lean Sweat Italian Sausage
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small sweet white onion
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg
  • 32oz of chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole wheat noodles
  • 1 (15oz) can Northern Beans

Directions: (This recipe is adapted)
  • Wash Kale, remove stems and discard.  Shred kale leaves and set aside.
  • Open beans and empty into strainer, rinse and set aside.
  • Chop up onions, set aside.
  • Take a larger pot and grease with olive oil.
  • Remove the sausage meat from its casings and cook in pot until almost all of the pink is gone, remember to stir occasionally.
  • Add red pepper, garlic and onion and cook until onions become tender.
  • Now add the kale, nutmeg and season with sea salt and pepper.  Cook until kale begins to look "wilted."
  • Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add the noodles and cook per package directions (stirring frequently), about 2 minutes shy of complete..
  • Add the beans and cook until beans are warmed through (about the 2 remaining minutes)
  • Serve and enjoy!
One word of advice: don't go crazy with the pepper, salt and pepper are things people can add individually.  I made this to my taste knowing that Jesse could add more pepper if he wanted (he is pepper lover).

Anyway, this is a very very tasty soup, I was pleasantly surprised!  As I mentioned earlier I was skeptical about the kale thing but now I'm completely into it.  I don't know how it would go over in salad or anything but it is definitely very good in this soup.

So on the snowy day where I was feeling like I was battling a little cold this was the perfect way to end it.  Snuggled on the couch, in front of the pellet stove with husband.

Give this one a try and let me know how you liked it!  Comment below!
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