After making that delicious kale salad we posted, I had lots of kale left. The weather here has been slightly changing and getting me in the mood for some comfort food so I decided to make some soup! It’s amazing how warming and healthy a soup can be for you, and with a few extra touches I made it my own….I used leftover parmesan cheese rinds simmering in the soup to give it a great nutty and rich flavor, and instead of adding sausage to the soup itself, I grilled it and put in on the side on top of a crostini with shaved parmesan and heated it in the oven for a crispy, cheese and sausage side for dipping. This way you have the option of making a great vegetarian soup, and a little meat on the side for those who want it. It was a super satisfying dinner, and no guilt involved eating it lol!! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!
I just threw things together based on what I had in the house, so be creative and whimsical when making soups…it’s not rocket science!!! Although we didn’t, you could add potatoes, rice, grains..whatever. What I can stress is the importance of homemade stock…it makes a HUGE difference!!
4 T. Olive oil
2-3 quarts homemade chicken or vegetable stock
1 large yellow onion, small diced
2 T. chopped garlic
1 c. chopped carrots
1-2 bunches kale, cut into bite sized pieces
1-2 cups cooked beans of your choice ( I used black beans as I already had them in the house, and cooked them prior to making the soup)
1-28 oz. can diced tomatoes
3-4 parmesan rinds
2 T. dried oregano
2 T. dried thyme
salt and pepper
Add olive oil to a medium sized soup pot on medium. Add onions, garlic, carrots and kale. Saute’ for 1-2 minutes then add stock. Bring to a simmer and add beans, tomatoes, parmesan rinds, oregano and thyme. Simmer on low for 1 hour. Add more stock or veggies to your liking.
Taste for seasoning before adding salt because of the parmesan rinds. Season to your liking and pull out the rinds.
Serve with crostini!
Bread of your choice (we used a whole grain artisan loaf) cut into slices
Sausage of your choice (we used chipotle) grilled and sliced to fit the crostini
Heat oven to 400°. Place bread slices on sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and salt. Bake until slightly crisp. Add sausage and shaved parm on top.
Finish in the oven until sausage is heated through on crostini and cheese is melted.
Beijos e Tchau!