I make this soup often, it is one of our favorites. Today I changed it up a bit with great results. I used ham stock instead of chicken and I threw in 1/4 cup of split peas and barley. I only put the kale in for the last 15. I also always use hot Italian sausages.
I've made the vegetarian recipe and loved it. In this I used hot, Italian chicken sausage and dried chilies for kick. Great!! Don't leave out the parm or vinegar it makes the soup for me. Yummy!!!
Great base recipe. It needs to be tweaked to be that O-M-G soup that my family and friends are always asking me to make. Start rolling the sausage into little balls first. It takes longer than you think. Substitute great northern beans when you don't have cannellini. I double the carrots, celery, rosemary, garlic, broth, and kale. I use 1 lb of sausage because that is usually how it is packaged. I love hot italian and usually add 1-2 tsp of red pepper flakes for a little extra kick. I typically use 3 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar. It reminds me of my grandmother's country greens, cooked with a hamhock and served with hot pepper vinegar.
This recipe is delicious. I used fresh spinach instead of kale, the whole pot was gone in 1.5 hours.
This soup is a staple in my house in the winter. Super yummy. Make sure you really brown the sausage up. Delicious.
This soup was yummy and so easy. I used pre-made meatballs for my husband and vegan sausage for me. I only had one can of cannellini beans, so I used that and a can of navy beans; both my husband and I preferred the navy beans. I'll also try adding red pepper flakes, as suggested by another review.
I used chorizo instead of hot Italian and loved the results. Also, I just removed the sausage casing and didn't bother with making little sausage balls. Great basic soup!
Rather than vinegar, I used lemon juice to taste and added 1/2 cup of dry Madeira. Adding grated Parmesan to the bowl prior to serving also improves this hearty soup considerably. I might try adding some smoked paprika the next time I make it.The kale is rather chewy so chop it finely. The soup gets even better tasting the next day.
Try using hot Italian sausage in this soup to spice it up.
My husband thought the flavor was bland. I liked it, so am trying to figure out how to spice it up. Anne G in NC