11.09.2012

Italian Sausage, Potato, And Kale Soup

Italian sausage, potato, and kale soup

On the Monday of Hurricane Sandy's reign, things were almost eerily calm in the morning, so Jeff and I  took the opportunity to make a quick trip to the supermarket -- he wanted bacon with breakfast and I had a hearty soup for dinner on the brain. We got supplies and got back home before the winds picked up. I whipped up French toast topped with Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery's new maple and sea salt butter and a side of crispy bacon, which -- with a little snacking throughout the day -- held us over until dinnertime.

Later in the afternoon, Jeff's sister and brother-in-law came over because they had lost power. The four of us gathered at the table along with Jeff's parents and played a few rounds of Apples to Apples and Pass The Popcorn. Then we put on a movie, and halfway through it, I started making my hearty soup. I figured everyone might want some, including Jeff's nephews, so I made enough to serve eight, expanding on the original recipe. By the time I was done, I had a pot full of richly flavored sausage soup with chunks of potatoes and sweet potatoes, onions and carrots, mini farfalle, and baby kale. It was warm and comforting, and just the thing to stand up against the pounding rain outside.

While I hope we don't see another hurricane any time soon, I'd suggest making this soup to brighten a dark and rainy evening.

Italian sausage, potato, and kale soup

Italian Sausage, Potato, And Kale Soup (adapted from Everyday Food, November 2012)
Serves 8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch lengths
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and pepper
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
5 cups chicken broth, plus 1 cup if necessary
2 cups water
3 cups mini farfalle
5 cups (5 ounces) baby kale
Grated Parmesan, for serving
Italian bread, cut in thick slices, for serving

Preparation

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, and garlic, and cook until onion is softened and translucent, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Add sausage and cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes.


Add potatoes, sweet potato, 5 cups of chicken broth, and water.


Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.


Stir in farfalle and cook for 3 minutes less than package instructions. Stir in kale and simmer until greens are wilted and pasta is tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 cup broth, if desired (depending how brothy you like your soup). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Italian sausage, potato, and kale soup

Serve, passing Parmesan and bread separately.

Italian sausage, potato, and kale soup

I set the soup on the table, Jeff's mom filled everyone's bowls, and suddenly everyone was quiet, happily eating. I consider that a success. This soup was filling enough to make a complete meal along with a slice of bread for mopping up the broth. It was just salty enough, deeply savory, and dare I say healthy, with all those great nutrients from the kale and sweet potato.

One note on this soup: It's best if you serve it right away, otherwise the pasta can overcook and start to soak up the broth.

What are your favorite hearty soups?

14 comments:

  1. I've been making a list of soup recipes now that the weather's gotten colder, this is going onto the list!

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  2. glad you made the best of a stormy day :) delicious soup, but i almost would prefer some of that french toast!

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  3. If you couldn't tell by all my Italy posts, I'm not one to leave out pasta. :) But I do love potatoes too. Split pea is one of my favorites (my mom makes an awesome one).

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  4. How perfect for cold weather! I think I would have left out the pasta and added more potatoes ;) Love split pea soup, or white bean, sausage, kale soup.

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  5. I love soups that contain kale and sausage. This looks delicious.

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  6. This is definitely a perfect soup for these cold weather months! It looks wonderful.

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  7. In and Around TownJanuary 22, 2014 8:48 AM

    I wish I had been with you on the Hurricane! This looks delicious and perfect for this weather!

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  8. Lin @ BeantownEatsJanuary 22, 2014 8:48 AM

    I swear you and my mom have the exact same taste. I'm sending this one to her, looks delicious!

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  9. Looks like an awesome, hearty soup!

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  10. This looks so comforting! Z just made a kale, "spinach," onion and white bean soup last night and it was sooo good. i wish we had leftovers after reading this post!

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  11. Looks like you handled the storm perfectly! what a great soup to serve to family and warm-up to on a cold night!

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  12. If you leave the pasta separate, you can save this as long as you want and don't have to worry about the disappearing broth. Just add the pasta to each bowl as you serve it.

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  13. I know. That's what I usually do. I was intending to serve this all at once though… didn't expect the movie to run so long so it sat for 20 unexpected minutes. :)

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  14. This soup looks incredibly hearty - perfect for a stormy day! Also: maple syrup with sea salt?! YUM.

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