The rain is back in Seattle and it’s officially soup season in our house. I love making large pots of soup this time of year, not only does it provide a hot, comforting meal, but it lasts for a few days and uses up any excess of vegetables that we have in our fridge. Like I’ve said in an earlier post, we use Full Circle Farms organic produce delivery and we always have a variety of vegetables on hand. Occasionally we have too much produce and I have to use it up quickly because I feel guilty about throwing it out when we pay good money for it. This soup is very simple and includes kale, which I love and is also a superfood!
- 4 medium carrots (cut into rounds)
- 1 small celery heart (approximately 6 stalks plus the small center stalks)
- 1 package of spicy chicken Italian sausage (removed from casings if necessary)
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 bunch of kale, ribs removed and torn into pieces
- 1 can of white cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, add water if needed
- salt and pepper to taste
- red pepper chili flakes to desired taste
- 2 tablespoons of oil
I use a large enamel coated cast iron pot, it’s large and great for simmering to build flavors.
1. Heat oil in bottom of pot. Add garlic, onions, carrots and celery. Saute until onions are translucent.
2. I like to cook my sausage in a small separate pan and add to the large pot, but you could easily add it to the pot after sauteing the garlic, onions, carrots and celery to reduce clean up.
3. Add beans, tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste. Add chili flakes to desired taste. Reduced to low heat.
4. Add kale leaves to broth and gently stir until they become wilted. Continue to simmer and serve hot. Simmering will build flavors, but if you are short on time, soup can be served immediately. Add grated Parmesan cheese on top before serving.
The cooling temperatures and the onset of rain gives a chill down to the bone and nothing is more perfect than soup to warm the body and soul. Soup is so versatile and can be adapted to include vegetables that are in season or please the individual palate.
What is your favorite soup???
***I’m 4dp5dt (for those of you not familiar to fertility acronyms, that stands for “4 days past 5 day transfer”). I’m feeling pretty normal and not trying to overanalyze it this time. Hubby has again threatened to change the password on our internet if he catches me Googling “No symptoms and BFP” or “Early pregnancy symptoms”. I’ve been extremely lazy but plan to go for my first walk this afternoon. There is going to be a break in the rain and I’ve got to catch it while I can. I’m just hoping this feeling of normalcy is okay. Any encouraging thoughts would be appreciated!***