Friday, November 11, 2011


I'm not meaning to post so many recipes, but I keep stumbling upon these delicious and super easy concoctions, and I feel like it's my duty to spread the word!

Whenever it's the least bit chilly outside I get major soup cravings. Especially when I leave work and it's pitch black at 5:15 (who are we kidding; I totally left at 5:01); all I want to do is curl up with a bowl of soup and a holiday beer and read Harry Potter. Sigh. Now I'm all sad that I'm at work (um, not that I'm blogging at work or anything) and can't do that this very minute.

Anyhow, so last night I made this Cannellini Stew with Sausage and Kale, and man was it delicious (and healthy!). That links to the original recipe, but here is how I did it (much improved):


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet yellow onion, chopped (small-medium sized pieces. I love onion)
  • 2-3 teaspoons bottled minced garlic (or about 4-5 minced cloves of garlic)
  • 1 14 oz. smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chopped kale (that's like one big bunch from the grocery store)
  • salt & pepper (as opposed to Salt-N-Pepa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 


  • Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and sausage; sauté 1 minute. Add broth and beans; bring to a boil. Stir in kale, black pepper, chili powder, italian seasoning, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice.
picture from my recipes

Super tasty, easy, and cheap! I served it with crescent rolls, which double as dessert if you dip them in honey w/ cinnamon.

Cals for the whole pot of soup prepared as above: 1490. Good sized bowl is 1/4 of that, or 372.5 cals. Sah-weet.

So happy Friday! And since I referenced Salt-N-Pepa, and have been thinking about them since this morning (EVERY time NPR references the S&P 500 I think of "Shoop"), here you go mis amores:

You're very, very welcome.

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