The weather has turned only slightly here, but there has been a new crisp evening air that has me craving all things comforting for dinner. Something somewhat healthy, that is warm and full of flavor is usually what I try to make! Soups are so good for just that because you can make them ahead and eat on them all week for easy dinners and for the most part you can control the ingredients keeping them as healthy as you and your family want them! My easy white bean, smoked sausage, and kale soup is just the kind of meal that I crave on a weekly basis!
You know those meals that hug you from the inside? Yeah...this is one of those. It's literally one of the easiest soups you can make, and yet it tastes like you would have to be slaving over the stove all day! The smoked sausage flavors the soup throughout creating a yummy broth for creamy beans and hearty kale! To me, everything about this soup is the epitome of fall.
- 1 Lb. Sliced Smoked Sausage (whatever sausage is your favorite)
- 4, 15 oz. Cans of White Beans
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp of Salt + 1/2 Tsp.
- 1 Tsp. Black Pepper
- 1 Diced Onion
- 2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
- 4 Cups of Kale, Stems Removed and Roughly Chopped
- 4 Cups of Chicken Stock
- 1 15 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes
- Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the sausage slices to the pot and brown on both sides.
- Remove the sausage once it has browned, and add the tablespoon of olive oil along with the diced onion and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Sauté the onion until it starts to get tender, about 3 minutes and then add in garlic and continue to cook for another couple of minutes.
- Add in the can of tomatoes, juices included along with the rest of the salt and black pepper and continue to cook.
- Add in the sausage back to the pan and pour in the chicken broth.
- Drain and rinse the white beans and add those to the soup.
- Lastly, add in the kale and stir in until wilted.
- Let the soup simmer 15 minutes and taste for seasoning.
- Add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve with crusty bread.
P.S. Thanksgiving is almost a week away and we need to save our energy in the kitchen for the big day! Make this easy soup to get you from now until turkey day!