It's almost August and the occasionally cool day and/or evening might make you hungry for a comforting soup, and I've got the perfect one, adapted from an official "Olive Garden" recipe and doctored up in my own special ways, as is my usual procedure. It's called, "Comfort Soup w/ Kale."
Kale tastes similar to spinach, but cooks up nice in dishes without becoming all limp and flimsy. It does have a kind of "different" taste to someone not used to it, but it gives a nice change to the palette. It's very nutritious too.
This is what it's name implies, a sort of "comfort food" so yes it's got fatty ingredients :-)
1 lb. hot Italian sausage
1/2 lb. bacon
6-7 medium potatoes, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
2 c. chopped fresh kale
7 c. water
3 T. powdered chicken bouillon
2 c. heavy (whipping) cream
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
S & P
First thing you will do is fry up your sausage. If it's in a casing you need to take it out. Cook til done, and crumble into small pieces. Then put aside.
Next cook your bacon in the same pan, until crispy. Crumble into small pieces and set aside as well.
Chop your potatoes and onions
After placing about 2 T. of the bacon grease into a soup pot, add your chopped potatoes and onions, and minced garlic and saute until the onions are translucent and potatoes getting soft.
Next chop your fresh kale, and add that, stirring while you continue to cook.
Now add your sausage and bacon.
Keep cooking and stirring.
Add your 7 c. of water and 3 T. chicken bouillon. Stir well and continue simmering.
Next add the 2 c. of heavy cream and continue stirring while reducing to a simmer.
Last, add your 8 oz. of shredded cheddar, season with salt and pepper, and simmer on very low for an hour.
The yummy, comforting result...
* as an alternative, you can use ground beef rather than sausage, broccoli rather than kale, or omit the bacon if you'd like
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