Hearty Kale and Sausage Soup
|Prep time||45 minutes|
|Cooking time||30 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 15 minutes|
This soup is a great way to warm up on a cold winter's evening (especially after some snowshoeing or skiing)! You can easily make it a vegetarian dish by leaving out the sausage or opting for a vegetarian substitute. Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you away; many of these ingredients store well and are probably already in your kitchen or root cellar and the recipe doesn't require much hands-on time.
In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil over low heat (don’t let the garlic brown) until softened. Add the sweet potato, squash and hot pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes. Season with paprika. Add the broth and bay leaf and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the potatoes and kale to the pot. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Add the beans and the sausage and simmer for 10 minutes, to heat everything through. Remove the bay leaf, season with salt and pepper, and serve.