I am not usually a soup lover, but this is one that I would eat anytime. As soon as the weather gets cold, I can’t wait to make a pot. This recipe was passed down from my grandmother and was a dish that my family always loved. Kale is like a power vegetable, with more iron than beef, more calcium than milk, and lots of vitamin C and K, as well as antioxidants. However, I never knew all of that as a kid – I just liked the soup. That is why I wanted to share it with you.
1 Carrot, 1 Small Onion
1 lb Potatoes
4 Cups Beef Broth
4 Cups Chicken Broth
14.5 oz Stewed Tomatoes
15 oz Kidney Beans, 15 oz Black Beans
Linguica or Chourico
8 Cups Kale
** Linguica is a mild portuguese sausage and Chourice is the hot version – so you can choose.
First, I peel and dice the potatoes. When I boil them, I try not to over cook them because I don’t want them to fall apart when the soup is reheated later. After putting them in the strainer, I rinse out the pot and dump in the Linguica, sliced carrot, and diced onion to brown them up.
Then I add the 8 cups of broth. Though there are stewed tomatoes in the recipes, I only put them in right out of the can when other people are eating at my house. If I am making it for myself, I puree the tomatoes and add it to the broth. I like the flavor that the tomatoes give the soup, but I hate pieces of tomato in my soup.
Next, I strain and add the two cans of beans. It is really up to you what kind of beans you add. I just use whatever I happen to have in the cupboard. I noticed you can buy baby kale, but I usually just buy the value bag and trim the thick parts of the stem. Just like spinach, kale shrinks quite a bit – and since it is my favorite part of the soup, I add as much as I can. Once the kale is almost tender, I put the potatoes back into the pot.
The cook time is 10 minutes, but that depends on how tender you want the kale. The same thing that I said about the potatoes being over cooked goes for the kale. If you plan to reheat it, you may not want to cook it as much. I like the kale to stay a nice bright green.
Once in a bowl, you can top it with a little Parmesan cheese with some bread on the side. Enjoy!