Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Hmmmm.....what to write? Except, "YUM!" I have such a weak spot for soup.... This is a popular soup at a popular Italian restaurant and it could not be simpler to make at home! I personally think that using pancetta imparts a better flavor and texture, but bacon is a fine, less expensive alternative. Pair this soup with some warm breadsticks and you have yourself a wonderful cold-weather meal! Kale is a great way to add some major fiber and folic acid and other great nutrients to your diet--it is one of the most nutritious leafy greens.
Adapted from Allrecipes (submitted by MARBALET)
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
a drizzle of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg. pancetta or several pieces of bacon (reserve remaining bacon for another recipe!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup kale, rinsed, stems removed, and chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream or half-n-half
In a large skillet, brown sausage, crumbling it as it cooks. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
In a large soup pot (like a dutch oven), drizzle olive oil and saute onions and pancetta/bacon until tender and cooked. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds more. Add the chicken broth, water, and potatoes, and bring to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Add the sausage, kale and cream and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve hot.