Monday, November 1, 2010

Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup

The only edible plant still doing well in our garden is the kale--and it looks great.  This is the first year we planted any, but it has definitely earned a spot in next year's garden.  The young leaves can be used in a salad and it's great in soup.  And really good for you (especially helpful for people like me who don't like a lot of cooked green things).  According to what I've read, it does well during the summer months, but is even better after a frost--bonus!

Here is one of our favorite soups--easy but hardy on a cool fall day.  Kale has a starring role.

5 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 medium potatoes (peeled, sliced, quartered)
3 - 4 cups chopped kale
1 lb. spicy Italian sausage (sliced and sauteed)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes

Combine the chicken broth and cream in a saucepan.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Let simmer for about an hour or so.

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