Creamy Potato, Kale, & Sausage Soup

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I don’t usually blog on Saturday’s… but since Christopher is hard at work today building a fence with his father… I thought I would share a recipe with you.

I love soup. I could eat soup every single day. I am always trying to discover new recipes and ways to serve the hot liquid gold. This most recent recipe was originally a copycat recipe for a soup served in a popular chain restaurant. It was everything I wanted in a soup… so, I made a few changes and adapted it for the slow cooker and gave it a new name.

At first I was concerned because Christopher doesn’t like “cooked” greens. I was hoping that if the greens were added as close to serving time as possible, they would maintain a certain freshness. I, on the other, hand… love greens. Cooked greens, raw greens… I’ll take it all. Here is what you’ll need to create a crock full of delicious creamy potato, kale, and sausage soup.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Hot Italian ground sausage
3 med Russet potatoes, 1/4″ dice
1 lg yellow onion, chopped
4-6 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
10oz.  Kale, chopped (the bag is perfect)
2 cups chicken broth/stock (can use homemade)
4 cups of water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
black pepper
pecorino romano, for serving

Directions:

Brown sausage on the stove top and transfer to slow cooker. To the sausage add potatoes, onion, garlic, broth, and water — cover.

Cook 4 hours on high.

Turn slow cooker off (or warm) and add Kale. Allow the Kale to sit for a few moments, stir, and then add cream and black pepper (to taste). Stir, and serve with crusty bread and pecorino romano cheese.

Reviews:

I was wrong. Christopher enjoyed this soup. Adding the greens before serving was the key. I absolutely love it. It reminded me of a creamy version of my mother’s homemade minest. The Italian sausage added just the right amount of spiciness to the soup… and the crunchiness of the Kale was perfect and added a very welcome texture. You could probably mash up some of the potatoes before adding the greens to give the creamy stock a little bit more texture… or not. Either way, this soup was a big hit with everyone who tried it. This is going to be a permanent addition to the box.

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