rainy day comfort food (spring has sprung!)

i hope it’s safe to say that spring is officially here in minnesota (knock on wood). last night there was thunder and lightning for the first time in months – though, unfortunate because it covered up the super moon – and today is one of those quiet gray early spring days. a perfect day for soup!

SAUSAGE, BEAN & KALE SOUP with PASTA (adapted from bon appetit – makes a big batch)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic chicken sausages, cut up into pieces
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
7 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 small (1 large) bunches of kale, stems cut away, leaves torn into small pieces
2 cans white beans, drained
1-2 bay leaves

freshly ground black pepper
8 oz of pasta (i used a box of shells made from quinoa and corn flour – yum)

cook pasta according to directions on the box. drain and set aside.

in a big pot, heat up olive oil and cook chicken sausages until browned. add onions and garlic and keep cooking until onions are translucent.

add a little bit of the broth into the pot and scrape the yummy bits off the bottom of the pan. pour in the rest of the broth and bring to a boil, add bay leaf and (a lot) of black pepper and turn heat down to a simmer. add the kale, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. now it’s time for the beans and pasta and let simmer for another 15 minutes or so. finally, give it a little taste and add more fresh pepper if necessary.

this soup is wonderful with crusty, fluffy bread (that the mister has been baking a lot recently) and reheats great, so it’s perfect for work lunches and quick dinners.

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