On cold days, is there anything better than a piping hot bowl of homemade soup? There are endless varieties of soup to choose from, ranging from classic comfort foods — like chicken noodle — to recipes that use trendy ingredients — like kale. The following six recipes will have you ditching the canned variety for a homemade bowl that will warm you up better than a pair of woolen socks.
1. Sausage and Kale Soup
The many health benefits of kale are present in this soup recipe from Martha Stewart. Ready in just under an hour, it makes 4 servings, and can be a main, or side dish for your dinner tonight; it yields 4 servings.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
- 5 waxy potatoes (1½ pounds), peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks
- 3 cans (14½ ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 bunch kale (12 ounces), stemmed and shredded
- 12 ounces smoked chicken sausage, cut into ½-inch half moons
Directions: In a large pot (6 to 8 quarts), heat oil over medium. Add onion and cook until soft, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and red-pepper flakes; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add potatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. In a blender, puree half the soup. Return to pot; add kale and sausage. Simmer until kale is wilted, 10 to 15 minutes.