“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
I resemble that remark! Deep summer has taken hold of me and has put me in such a lazy state of mind that I can’t think of a single thing to write about. This soup that I prepared a while ago during a break in the summer heat that a few days of rain provided came to me by the way of my daughter. It became a regular at our table and is loved even by kale’s most ardent haters. It is comforting, easy and nutritious.
She made this soup for her husband’s Air Force unit and it was a big hit. She said not a drop was left over and she was asked to make it again. That should tell you something about how good this is. I hope you give it a try, if not now with summer in full force, in the fall when responsibility wins out and laziness becomes disrespectful once again. Happy rest of the summer!!!
- 1 lb. Italian sausage, ground
- 1½ tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 large onion
- ½ lb. bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 10 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 large potatoes (Russet or Idaho), peeled and sliced
- 1 small bunch of kale, washed, stemmed and chopped
- Saute Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot until sausage is cooked through.
- Remove it from the pan and set aside.
- In the same pan, add bacon, onions and garlic and cook over medium low heat until onions are soft, about 15 minutes.
- Add chicken stock and heat to a boil and then turn to a simmer.
- Add the potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
- Add the cream, turn off the heat, stir in the sausage and kale and let heat through then serve.