Today’s recipe of Sausage & Chicken Soup with Kale was completely inspired by the weather. While it’s snuggly warm inside we were blessed again with another sprinkling of snow here in Central Virginia. It’s so beautiful to see out the window, however not fun to drive in.
Poor Emery he has to go to work today. The snow stopped falling just a little bit ago, but it doesn’t appear to be sticking to the roads. I just hope it doesn’t freeze later tonight, and make for a dangerous commute home for him on those back country roads.
So, after peeking into the refrigerator I thought a big bowl of soup would hit the spot. I wanted something hearty, filling, and nourishing. Definitely not something wimpy. After all, Emery and I have limited time together because of his work schedule. When we have a chance to sit down and share a meal I’m excited and we try to make it as memorable as possible, and this Sausage & Chicken Soup with Kale definitely hits the spot!
The recipe below is easy to make, satisfying, and filling. For my recipe I used the Butterball turkey kielbasa, which is what I had available at home. Any sausage would do great, but just keep in mind that if you use beef kielbasa you might want to cook it separately before adding it to your pot of soup. It can be a bit greasy, and in my opinion would ruin all of your hard work.
Another thing to mention is that I brown my flour first. This method is what I lovingly refer to as Dad’s method. Both of my parents are fantastic cooks, and my dad makes the best biscuits and gravy ever! Ever since I was young he would start with a heavy cast iron skillet and gently brown his flour over medium heat. It toasts the flour and gives it a great nutty flavor.
In our freezer I found some leftover homemade pasta dough and decided to use that. It took a few extra minutes to defrost and roll into cylinders, but it worked well in the soup. Actually any pasta that you have in your pantry would be great. It does add a little time to the cooking process to use dried noodles, but I actually think in this situation the “bite” would be much better. I tore the kale into small pieces making sure to discard the stalk in the center, and to concentrate on just the leaves.
After bringing the soup to a boil, the kale was added once the pasta had finished cooking. I recommend that before serving this beautiful soup to add a sprinkle or shaving of Parmesan cheese. It not only adds a little extra saltiness, but also looks amazing on top. If you have fresh lemons available, then I highly recommend a little squeeze of lemon juice, or fresh lemon zest too. In my opinion adding one of those two items, or even both elevates this from just average to great!