|Prep time: 1 hour||Cooking time: 30 minutes||Total time: 1 1/2 hours|
This soup won our local soup recipe competition back in 2010.
In a large pot, sauté the onion and sausage in 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add garlic, but do not let garlic brown. (The sausage doesn't need to be cooked through yet.) Then add the squash or sweet potato and diced hot pepper. Heat for 5 more minutes. Season with the paprika. Add the broth and bay leaf. Simmer for 10 minutes. Prepare the kale by rinsing it thoroughly and tearing the leafy portions from the stems. Tear into bite-size pieces. Discard stems. Add the potatoes and kale leaves to the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, then add the beans. Heat for another 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper.