Food for Family

Making food for others is something that I have always loved to do. In fact, I’m not always that excited about cooking just for myself. I have much more fun finding recipes and cooking for other people than putting that much work in for something only I’ll get to enjoy. I know, I should pamper myself like that and I should try to do it more often. Hmm…how about chocolate cake? 😉

For now, though, I wanted to share this recipe that I discovered this week on Diethood.com for an Italian Sausage soup. It has such amazing flavour (I could just drink the broth and be so, so happy) and lots of yummy vitamins and minerals packed into it from the veggies. I may tweak this slightly in the future to be more ‘my family’ friendly (read: spinach instead of kale) but as I was making this for my sis-in-law’s family, I kept it as-is.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and White Beans

Ingredients

Herbs and Spices

  • 6 cups Broth (Chicken, Vegetable, or Beef (I used Chicken))
  • 4 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme (removed from stalks)
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Vegetables

  • 1 bunch Kale (rinsed and chopped)
  • 2 cans Cannellini Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 Medium Brown Onion (diced)
  • 2 Large Carrots (rinsed and sliced)
  • 4 stalks Celery (rinsed and chopped)

Meats

  • 500g Italian Sausage (removed from casing and chopped)

Nuts, Oils, Seeds

  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions

1. Brown off sausage with one tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a dutch oven or soup pot. Transfer browned meat to a plate.
2. Pour remaining olive oil into the pot and add onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf, thyme, and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender.
3. Add garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for another minute.
4. Add kale and mix in well. Cook until starting to wilt then add beans, cooked sausage, and broth. Bring soup to a boil.
5. Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and allow to cook 15 minutes for flavours to combine.
6. Remove from heat. Remove bay leaf. Soup is ready to serve!

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