Sausage and Kale Soup

This sausage and kale soup is lightened up with the use of chicken sausage. The red pepper flakes gives it a great kick and wonderful flavour - the perfect weeknight meal!

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Soup is one of my favourite meals - if I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life it would for sure be soup!

The biggest challenge for me is that having a lactose intolerant husband means that I can’t make creamy soup, so dairy filled meals are usually reserved for when he travels. Needless to say while I was at the store the other day and noticed dairy free half and half, and I was elated and knew I had to try it! So that is what I used for this recipe and it worked great, but if dairy isn’t an issue in your house go with the real stuff.

I also like spice so I tend to kick up the red pepper flakes in this recipe, but you can add as much or as little as you like. Just be sure that once you add them in you give it a few minutes before you taste it and add more. I have over done it more than a few times by getting a bit excited and adding more before letting the flavours fully develop ending in excessively spicy dinners. Learn from my mistakes and give it a minute!

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prep time 10 minutes

cook time 50 minutes

total time 1 hour

servings 4 - 6


Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lb Italian Chicken Sausage

1/2 white onion

2 medium russet potatoes thinly sliced

4 strips bacon

2 stems Kale (approx. 2 cups)

8 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar

Salt + pepper to taste

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

2 cups half + half

Instructions

In a small frying pan cook bacon that has been cut into small strips. Fry until crispy then drain on a paper towel and set aside.

In a large soup pot add olive oil and chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent. Add italian sausage and cook until browned and chicken is cooked through. To the pot add thinly sliced potatoes, cooked bacon + chicken stock. Simmer 20 minutes until potatoes are soft. Add in Kale, sugar, red pepper flakes and salt + pepper - simmer another 10 minutes. Add in half and half, allow to come back to a low simmer and serve immediately.

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