In the winter, my body naturally craves hearty and many times, meaty soups that warm you from the inside out. This soup is one of my absolute favorites to make when it’s cold outside, and even the pickiest, non-healthy eaters will love this. I actually made this for my family last Sunday night, and my brother astonishingly went back for seconds. (His diet primarily consists of Mountain Dews and McDonald’s, so I took the meal as a small victory to a step in the right direction!)
My secret to this soup is the sausage. I use Vito’s Italian Sausage, which has no preservatives or nitrates, and incredible flavor. If you don’t use an authentic Italian, high-quality sausage, I would definitely suggest adding more spice than what this recipe calls for.
And as a side note, I always suggest that when eating meat, use the highest quality meat you can find. It may cost a little more, but it’s well worth it in the health benefits and the flavor. Plus, rather than making meat the star of the dish, I prefer it to be a side kick to veggies and grains. Most of us eat far more meat than our body actually needs!
Although I think it’s a little bit dated, I do suggest Dr. Steven Pratt’s book for learning foundational foods that are nutrition powerhouses – among these are salmon, blueberries, pumpkin, spinach, green tea and walnuts. However, today I wanted to introduce a few “fancier” – if you will – foods that offer some major benefits to your overall well-being.
Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup
1/2 of an onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 T olive oil
3-4 Italian sausages (Vito’s brand is highly recommended!)
1 can of Canellini beans, drained and rinsed (preferably organic and BPA free can)
1 can of chopped tomatoes (preferably organic and BPA free can)
3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2-3 cups of vegetable broth
3-4 stems of kale, roughly chopped
Freshly grated Parmesan, to top
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot and add onion. Cook until translucent and then add in sausage. Allow sausage to brown, and then add 2 cups broth, tomatoes, beans and sweet potatoes.
Bring all ingredients to a boil and then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, until sweet potatoes are soft. Add more broth as needed.
At end, add in kale and allow to wilt. Top with parmesan cheese to serve.
Enjoy and stay warm!