Servings: 4 to 6
Colorful and comforting, this stewlike soup satisfies, especially on a cold day. There’s a lot of rosemary in the dish, but it doesn’t overwhelm; the sausage and hearty vegetables can more than handle it.
In a 5- to 6-quart dutch oven or similar heavy-duty pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up, until just cooked through, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the onion, carrot, and potato to the pot, lower the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beans, tomatoes, and stock, bring to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, skimming as needed. Add the kale and reserved sausage, and simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the cheese and with crusty bread, if you like.
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The humble ingredients and quick prep belie the outstanding flavors of this soup! Made it for a pot luck at work, everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. I've now made it a few times and every time get rave reviews! So freakin' good! Great winter soup!
Sausage: I have found it best when I can find bulk, ground, sweet Italian sausage. I have used sweet Italian sausage in casing in a pinch, squeezing them out of their casing and breaking up. It does not seem to be the same product. The casing sausage is much too fatty, hard to break down, and lacks the flavor of the other. My local store sells the ground sausagein a two pound package so I use one pound and freeze the other for the next batch. Or, just double the batch and freeze. I also use frozen kale, great pantry item to have on hand. This soup is outstanding!!! Healthy and so flavorful!!
Outstanding! I used a mix of trader joes's italian chicken sausage and spicy pork and we loved it. Casual dinner party worthy for sure. Just added a baguette and we devoured it. Thanks FC!
Excellent and very fast pantry meal if you keep frozen Italian sausage on hand.
Absolutely one of the best soups ever! I used chicken Italian sausage (store made at Sprout's) that I had on hand and two cans of beans. My hubby is not a fan of soup and this he loved. Making it again tonight!
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