Last week I asked all you loyal readers what I should do with the kale I received in my CSA share. We got lots of great responses but one reader's suggestion really stuck out. Chelsey talked about a delicious soup that her mom makes, one that includes hearty potatoes, spicy sausage, and cream. I knew I wanted to make this for dinner, but a little lighter since the weather has been so hot.
My version might have been lighter but still full of flavour and beautifully highlighted kale. I'm sure Chelsey and her mom would be proud!
Kale & Sausage Soup
2 spicy sausages (medium sized links)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lentils
1 cup water
3 cups chicken broth
1 small bunch kale, chopped coarsely (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon balsamic or red-wine vinegar
salt & pepper
Brown sausage until fully cooked. Drain on paper towels to get rid of excess fat. Add garlic and onion. Cook, until softened. Add water, stock, lentils, and sausage. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Add kale and simmer, uncovered, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in vinegar, chili flakes, and salt & pepper to taste.