Kale Sausage Potato Soup with Bacon

kale sausage potato soupI really like kale, but its bitter bite makes it a hard sell to my husband. With this soup, however, I figured the longer cooking-time would mellow the bitterness.kale_sausage_potato_soup_01To further build the flavor profile, I added bacon which pairs so well with potatoes and adds smokiness.kale_sausage_potato_soup_02The combination worked out really well. The soup was hearty, rich and meaty without being too creamy. The leftovers were even better later in the week. You have to make this soup.kale_sausage_potato_soup_03

Kale Sausage Potato Soup

Adapted from The Candid Appetite 

Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage (removed from casing)
  • 8 oz. bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 large bunches of kale, stemmed and chopped, about 4 overflowing handfuls
  • 4 medium or 2 large russet baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups chicken broth or stock, 2 boxes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

1. Heat a large heavy-duty pot over medium-high heat. Once the pot has heated through, add the bacon and cook until starting to brown. Add the sausage, begin to break up the sausage and allow it to cook, stirring occasionally, until it has fully browned.

2. Remove the crisped sausage and bacon from the pot and transfer it to a plate or bowl. Set aside.

3. Lower the heat to medium, add the butter or oil and throw in the onions and garlic. Stir, scraping down the bottom of the pot picking up the browned bits of sausage and bacon with the back of a wooden spoon, and cook until soft and translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to sauté until the onions have caramelized.

4. Add the chopped kale in batches, allowing it to wilt down as it cooks. It might seem like a lot of kale but it will cook down, just like spinach! Cook the kale for another 3 minutes until it has turned bright green and completely wilted down.

5. Add the diced potatoes and cooked bacon and sausage.

6. Pour in the chicken stock or broth and bring it up to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the soup to simmer until the potatoes are cooked tender and soft (mine took about 15-20 minutes).

7. Taste the soup for seasoning at this point you may add more salt or pepper.

8. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, stir in the heavy cream.

9. Serve warm with bread (I made garlic crostini).kale_sausage_potato_soup_04

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