Monday always seems like a good soup night to me. Physically, I have been eating heavier over the weekend and it feels good to lighten things up a little bit. Emotionally, soup feels like a nice big bowl of warm comforting love to me. Pratically, it is easy to get together and let simmer away while you get try to catch up on all the things Monday brings. This is one of my favorite soups to make because it is easy, healthy and hearty all a the same time. It has all the components of a healthy balanced meal in one pot, but is also great with a warm hunk of bakery fresh bread. (as all things are)
Kale, White Bean & Sausage Soup
3 Italian sausage links- removed from casing (mild- hot works, whatever you like best)
1 medium onion- diced
3-4 cloves of garlic- diced
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of cannelini beans- drained and rinsed
1 large bunch of kale- torn
6 cups of beef broth
freshly ground black pepper
1. Drizzle bottom of stock pot with olive oil and let heat over medium heat about 30 seconds. Remove sausage links from casing and cook through, breaking the links up as they cook. Add onion once sausage is mostly cook. Cook until softened. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds.
2. Add can of tomatoes (and juice), can of beans, torn kale and beef broth. Stir. Bring to boil, reduce heat and let simmer 30-45 minutes.
3. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste
4. Serve immediately.