White Bean Soup with Smoked Turkey Kielbasa Sausage and Kale

White Bean Soup with Smoked Turkey Kielbasa Sausage and Kale | 31Daily.com

White Bean Soup with Turkey Kielbasa Sausage and Kale is a hearty dish of stick-to-your-ribs, warm-up-your-toes goodness. With a nod to its Italian origin, we mix it up by adding Kielbasa and bump up the nutrients with kale. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crusty Italian bread.




I love to make this recipe on an at-home day, like weekends, or an especially blustery day when I’m craving something incredibly warm, tasty, simple and filling.

While I love to cook my own beans, some days, it’s an impossible task. And this soup is, truthfully, just as good made with canned beans. If that’s your kind of day, simply begin the recipe with the veggies, and go from there.

Also, while my guys love kielbasa, like this one I picked up at Whole Foods, substitute your favorite sausage instead. Italian, of course, always works well, but be creative!

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White Bean Soup with Turkey Kielbasa Sausage and Kale

White Bean Soup with Smoked Turkey Kielbasa Sausage and Kale | 31Daily.com

White Bean Soup with Turkey Kielbasa Sausage and Kale is a hearty dish of stick-to-your-ribs, warm-up-your-toes goodness. With a nod to its Italian origin, we mix it up by adding Kielbasa and bump up the nutrients with kale. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crusty Italian bread.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound white beans (my preference is Great Northern)
  • olive oil, about a tablespoon
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, small diced
  • 2 celery stalks, small diced
  • 1 lb smoked kielbasa sausage (or your preference), cut into half-moon slices
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • (15oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions

Soak the beans overnight, or boil for 3 minutes and soak for 1 hour. Drain and rinse.

Place the beans in a large stockpot and add enough cold water to barely cover. Simmer over medium heat for about 1-1/2 hours, or according to package instructions. Remove beans from the pot and drain any liquid. Set aside.

In the stockpot add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium-high. Then add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery; saute until the vegetables begin to soften. To the veggies add the kielbasa and continue to cook another minute or until the sausage begins to brown. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, and kale. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the veggies are tender. Add the cooked beans (or canned), salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle into bowls, top with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Shortcut: Although I love to cook my own beans, sometimes I simply don’t have the time. Substitute two 15-oz cans of white beans, drained and rinsed. Add them at the end of the cooking time.


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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.

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