Kale Fall Vegetable Kielbasa Soup

Soup season is here and what better way to warm up than with this hearty, vitamin packed soup. I used fall root vegetables which are season now, and white northern beans which give the soup a flavorful base.

You may substitute the kielbasa with Portuguese Chourica sausage if you prefer for a spicy kick!

To make this soup vegetarian, leave out the kielbasa. Pick up some fresh rolls and dinner is served! Enjoy and stay warm!

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh Kale ( finely chopped)

1/2 pound Kielbasa (chopped into desired pieces)

6-8 cups or more of water (depending on how thick you want the soup)

1 small onion (finely chopped)

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

1 large carrot (chopped into 1 inch cubes)

1 small rutabaga (nabo) chopped into 1/2 inch cubes)

1 cup butternut squash (finely chopped into 1/2 inch cubes)

1 large potato (cut into small cubes)

1 can of white northern beans

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1/4 cup olive oil

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon salt

Black pepper to taste

Parsley for garnish

Instructions:

Place oil, vegetables and kielbasa in a large soup pan. Saute for 5 minutes until the onion and kielbase becomes slightly browned.

Add the water, stir and add the remaining ingredients except the kale and beans. Bring to a boil and cover.

Cook for 20 minutes on low medium heat. Continue cooking the vegetables to your desired consistency.

Leave the vegetables whole, or puree if you like a thicker soup.

Add the kale and beans, cover and cook on low for 10 minutes longer.

Add more seasonings as desired.

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