Cajun smoked sausage fires up a simple five-ingredient soup with smoky spice. Serve with crusty bread for a complete meal.
4 ounces Cajun smoked sausage, chopped (such as Conecuh)
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
6 cups coarsely chopped kale (about 8 ounces)
1 (16-ounce) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
How to Make It
Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add smoked sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth and diced tomatoes; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the kale. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until the kale is tender. Stir in beans, and cook 1 minute or until soup is thoroughly heated.
Other than the sausage, there's not much adding flavor to the soup, so I modified it quite a bit, hence my rating and title that this is a good starting point for soup, which you can modify as you like. It is very quick to prepare once your ingredients are prepped. I used Spanish chorizo (as that's what I had on hand) and while sauteing the sausage I added chopped onion, garlic and red bell pepper to add some additional flavor. I also added some prepared Israeli couscous and a splash of balsamic vinegar to the individual servings.
The best thing about this recipe is it's amazingly FAST--about 15 minutes or so. I expect I'll make this again and again when I need a healthy dinner quickly. It's also really good. I think a couple of things are key: 1) whatever kind of sausage you use, make it spicy. Because this recipe doesn't cook long enough for the flavors to blend, you want something strong to stand out. I used spicy Italian, and it was great. 2) Add a little extra something. I started out with a little chopped onion, and some of my chicken broth was garlic-infused. I served with a hearty loaf of bread and dinner was a hit.
This soup was very comforting and nourishing. Perfect for the cold evening. I added chopped red onion and garlic, followed the recipe and the recommendation to add cajun seasoning (1/4 tsp) and pepper. Very yummy. I love that is so simple and quick to prepare.
Simple, quick meal with lots of flavor. I used chicken chorizo sausage and garbanzo beans. I started with 1 chopped onion and a couple cloves of garlic, added stem part of the chopped kale and sautéed fro a couple minutes before adding the sausage, etc..
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