If you are more cheerful, you could say it’s soup season! But after a few weeks of this weather, It’s just….cold. Below zero and not looking as if it’s going to warm up anytime soon. Smoky sausage, kale, and beans to the rescue!
I love making soups to stretch our food budget, and any soup tastes better the next day. This Smoke Sausage, Kale, and White Bean soup is perfect for the cold. It’s hearty and filling, just the thing for after sledding or just enjoying the winter weather, instead of grumbling about it like I am.
I love being able to put some basic ingredients into the crockpot and having dinner ready right on time. If you are making this recipe in the crockpot, do brown the sausage and onions just a little first. It really adds to the overall flavor of the dish.
The perfect accompaniment is crusty bread or rolls. Here are my favorite rolls to make with soup: Amazing One Hour Dinner Rolls.
Looking for an easy dessert? I usually try to just make cookies on soup night. It keeps everyone at the table just a little longer, and to me, that is a good thing. One of my favorites to make is Oatmeal Rhubarb Jam cookies. They are easy and use my own Rhubarb jam. You can sub any kind of jam you have.
Smoke Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup
- Crockpot or heavy soup pan
- 1 LB Kielbasa
- 1 medium Onion
- 3 Cups Kale Use as much as you like. It cooks down considerably
- 2 Cans White Beans
- 6 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1 Clove Garlic Minced
- In a heavy soup pot, saute sliced sausage and chopped onion, until onion is clear and sausage is slightly browned around the edges of each slice.
- Remove sausage and cooked onions from pan, clean pan of excess grease and return sausage/onion to pot, on medium heat.
- Add broth, drained beans, minced garlic, and salt/pepper if desired.
- Heat to simmering and cover. Cook 15 minutes, or until kale is wilted as much as you like.
- This tastes better the next day and would be wonderful warmed on low in the crockpot all day.
On another note, I have been looking for great sewing patterns that can repurpose clothes that no longer fit the kids. I found a cool pattern for fleece socks It’s only three pieces and based on simple measurements. Check this out!
DIY Simple Fleece Socks