Mediterranean Kale & White Bean Soup With Sausage

READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 6-8
YIELD: 10 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 4 or 5-quart heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, working to break into bite sized pieces, until lightly browned, about five minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate, leaving any rendered fat in the pot.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to the pot, increase the heat to medium-high, and add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften and brown, about 2 minutes more. Be sure to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the garlic, pepper flakes, salt & black pepper and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • When the broth reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium, add the sausage along with any collected juices, and HALF of the beans.
  • Mash the remaining cup of beans with a fork or wooden spoon and add them to the pot, stirring to distribute.
  • Stir in the kale, adjust the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, and simmer until the kale is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. (I cover the pot loosely during this step to prevent too much reduction in the broth.).
  • Stir in the lemon juice and zest just before serving.
  • (It's even better the next day!).