I posted this picture of our dinner last night and several folks have asked for the recipe. I will give you all the details in a minute. But First I have to tell you the story…This summer I had the pleasure of meeting our new neighbors M&N. We have loved getting to know them and are blessed to have them in our lives.
A couple of weeks ago after having a rough weekend in Alabama visiting with my elderly father, I was overjoyed to get home and find this on my doorstep….
It was one of those moments where you are so tired and overwhelmed with all the things that life happens to be throwing at you that one simple act of kindness just turns your world around I tried the soup and it was GLORIOUS. M had taken the time to pick kale from our garden and devote the time to this little labor of love and it and the kindness behind that jar still makes me smile just thinking about it. I was instantly obsessed. M has been super busy and I have not gotten the ” real” recipe but I wanted some so badly that I typed in ingredients and found what I deemed to be the next best thing. I went to one of my favorite recipe spots: Shared Appetite, Here is the recipe I found and it is worth every second in the kitchen. http://sharedappetite.com/recipes/rustic-tuscan-style-sausage-white-bean-and-kale-soup/ I made a couple of little changes, I used a pound of Italian sausage with out casings– I hate the feel of the casings.. big Jimmy Fallon EEEWWW. I added more carrots, I used new potatoes with the skins and more than the recipe, I added a handful of chopped Roma tomatoes toward the end and I didn’t use kale stems. This is how pretty it was before I added stock:)
The original recipe says the soup tastes better the second day but if it gets much better, my family and I won’t be able to handle it. I served it with a loaf of whole wheat bread that J took the time to make- Yes, he is a keeper. He ground the grain and put it all in our Zo bread maker- and I have already promised to share that one. Another day. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Stay warm