Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Italian sausage white bean soup

The other soup that I made for the carolling party this year was using Italian sausages and white beans.  These two things go very well together I have always thought and I had some home made beef stock in my freezer and this was a good way to use it. I also added Kale as the dark green flavour of the kale really complements the slightly sweet spiciness of the Italian sausage.

I made a very large amount of soup that would have fed 30 people a mug of soup so unless you are expecting a crowd you might want to scale it back.

12 hot Italian sausages cut up
2 onions chopped
2 very large cloves or garlic sliced or 4 smaller ones
6 cups of beef stock
2 cans of tomato puree
1 lb of dried white navy beans soaked in water for an hour.
2 bunches of kale chopped

Add the cut up sausage to a large pot and cook starting slowly so that the sausage gives off some of it's fat, then you do not have to add any.  When the sausage is mostly cooked add the onion and garlic.

The sausages will now stay together like meatballs.  Add the beef stock tomato puree and the white beans.  Simmer for about an hour until the white beans are soft.

Part way through cooking

Add the kale and parsley stir in, bring back up to a simmer for about 5 minutes and serve. This was a thick soup, almost stew like and very hearty just what was called for.  This along with some good bread would make a good lunch or dinner any time not just at Christmas.

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