soup for the soul

It’s no secret on this blog that I’m a huge fan of winter,

but with winter comes the cold, and sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re ever going to warm up!

So, I’m a big fan of making soups throughout those cold winter months.

One of my go-to recipes is healthy, delicious and, well, it’s Ryan’s favorite.

In fact, he requested it as our first meal as husband and wife the other day.

I guess that means it’s tasty?

I think so, but I’m biased, so I thought I’d share it with you guys so you can make your own decision!

It’s not that many ingredients, and it is so, so easy to make.

Sausage & Kale Soup 

1 head of fresh kale

1 large white onion

1 package of Jenny-O hot Italian turkey sausage 

32 oz of reduced sodium chicken broth

4 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

red pepper flakes

salt & pepper

First things first, remove all the sausage from their casing and roll it into bite-sized meatballs.

This reduces calories, and it makes the meat much more tender.

Finely dice the onion and garlic and put it in a pot on medium-high heat with two tbsp of olive oil.

Once the onion is slightly translucent, add the sausage meatballs to the pot and rotate until fully cooked.

Once the sausage is fully cooked, 

sprinkle a tsp (or more if you like things spicy) of red pepper flakes over the onion, garlic & sausage.

Reduce the heat to medium-low,

and pour the chicken broth into the pot with the other ingredients.

Let it simmer gently as you start trimming the kale.

Trim about 3/4 of the head of kale from the stalks and chop it into bite-sized pieces (like lettuce).

A couple of handfuls at a time, drop the kale into the pot and wait until it’s slightly submerged.

Once all the kale is in the pot, reduce the heat to low, and cover the soup.

Let it cook and simmer for 20 minutes, 

then add salt and pepper to taste.

Trust me, this soup is so, so, so delicious.

It’s not too heavy, and you can alter the meat to make it something that suits your family.

I love that it takes me less than 45 minutes to throw this meal together,

and it satisfies our bellies. 

Bon appetit! 🙂