Saturday, January 16, 2016

SOUP-er Saturdays - lazy daisy's sausage, bean and green soup





With the temperatures dropping, and an extra day over the weekend, I thought it would be perfect timing for SOUP-er Saturday!  These are some of my favorite times of the year... overcast skies, a chance of snow, and a crock full of something good just hanging out on the stove.

I came up with this a couple of weeks ago when we decided (at the last minute) to ask some friends over for supper and games.  It was the end of the second week of Christmas break, and just a couple of days after an all-night lock-in we had with our youth group, followed by New Year's Eve!  Needless to say, John and I were exhausted.  But we are both really good at trying to eek out every last minute of time off, got a bit of a "second wind," if you will, and John thought it would be grand to have company.  Company we'd have, but I was deteremined to not have to go to the store.

Sooo, I did a little digging in the pantry, fridge and freezer, and wallah!  Lazy Daisy's Sausage, Bean and Green Soup.

For those of you who know our names, pretty fitting, eh?  

Serve this with corn cakes, finish off the meal with apple dumplin's and vanilla bean ice cream, and you're set.  Enjoy!

Lazy Daisy's Sausage, Bean and Green Soup

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 14 oz package, polish sausage, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup sliced celery
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and rough-chopped (or you could sub baby spinach, if preferred)
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • fresh cracked ground pepper
1. In a dutch over or medium soup pot, saute sausage in 1 tbsp olive oil until slightly browned.  Remove and set aside

2. Add remaining oil, let heat, and then add onion, carrots and celery, stirring until softened. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant.

3. Pour in beef broth and bring to boil, and turn down to simmer.

4. Place one cup of rinsed beans and a little water in blender and puree.

5. Add pureed beans and stir.  Add in remaining whole beans.

6. Add kale and let simmer a couple of minutes.

7. Add salt and finish off with vinegar and pepper, stirring until combined.

Recipe from The Lazy Daisy Kitchen