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Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, And kale Soup

Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, And Kale Soup (2)

If you love soup, you will absolutely love my Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, And Kale Soup. It’s healthy yet hearty, it’s so satisfying, you won’t feel guilty having seconds. It’s really easy to make, let me tell you how. I start out by using the traditional base for most soups, a *Mirepoix.

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Chicken Broth

Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, And Kale Soup

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:
Total Time:
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
2 medium-size carrots, diced
2 ribs of celery, diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, 1 1/2-inch dice
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons of fennel seeds
2 pounds of (Jennie 0) turkey breakfast sausage
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves, chopped (substitute 1 tablespoon of dried thyme)
2 tablespoons of dry California Sherry (optional), substitute white wine
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 quarts of unsalted chicken broth
3 cups of chopped kale
1 1/2 cups of Israeli Cous Cous
Parmigiano-Reggiano, garnish

In a preheated large Dutch oven (heavy bottom pot with a lid) over medium-high heat, add olive oil, diced onions, carrots, celery, and sweet potatoes. Add Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and fennel seeds. Cook and stirring frequently for 8 to 10 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for another minute.

Next, add the bulk turkey sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally for 12 to 15 minutes until brown. Add the chopped thyme leaves, stir to combine.

The heat still set on medium-high, add the dry Sherry, the diced sweet potatoes, chicken bouillon cube, and both quarts of unsalted chicken broth. Bring the soup up to a boil then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are fork tender.

At this point add in 3 the chopped kale and Israeli Cous Cous. Place the lid on and turn the heat off. The small pasta will automatically cook in the hot liquid, and the kale will wilt still keeping its bright green color.

Ladle the Turkey Sausage, Sweet Potato, And Kale Soup into a porcelain serving bowl.  Grate some fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top. You could also add some homemade croutons to this soup that would be delicious too.

*Mirepoix is a mixture of sautéed chopped vegetables used in various soups and sauces.


Homemade Ciabatta Croutons


Chicken Meatball Stew with Kale


So listen, yes there are quite of few ingredients, prepping is key.  This dish is even better the day after because all the flavors have married.  Also everyone has their own meatball recipe but this one is a little different because chicken doesn’t have a lot of flavor so we have to kick it up a bit. What I’ve done is given the meatballs an Italian sausage flavor. Chicken is leaner than pork so we are going to cut some fat there, and that’s a good thing. Kale is full of vitamins plus all the vegetables that are in this dish.  I feel good about serving it and its comfort food.  Maybe even a piece of crusty bread for dipping, Oh yeah.

Ingredients for chicken meatballs:

2 packages of ground chicken (white meat)

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tablespoon of fennel seeds

1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon of kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon or oregano

1/4 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley

1/4 cup of half and half

3/4-1 cup of Italian bread crumbs You want mix to be moist but not real wet)

2 garlic cloves grated (in the mixing bowl that we are going to use)

1/2 onion grated (in the mixing bowl too)

Preheat oven: 350 degrees

Directions:  You want to mix everything together in the bowl that has the grated garlic and onion( add the ground chicken last).   If  you over mix the meatballs they will be tough( no good).  Then add your chicken and mix til just combined.  Place your desired size meatballs on (non-stick cooking sprayed) baking sheet. Two inch size meatballs should take 25 minutes. (They will cook the rest of the way in the stew.

Directions for stew:

While meatballs are cooking I start chopping and slicing what is going in the stew.


1 diced onion

3 cloves of garlic minced

2 carrots peeled and diced (tip keep all veggies the same size)

2 Idaho potatoes peeled and diced (1/4 inch or so)

2 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 pints of mushrooms quartered
2 quarts of low sodium chicken broth

1 package of frozen artichoke hearts
1 1/2 tablespoons of corn starch

1 bunch of kale (remove stems and chop about 1 1/2 inch pieces)

1 tablespoon of kosher salt

1 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper

1 tablespoon of sugar

2 tablespoons of olive oili

In a dutch oven or a large heavy pot( get your pot hot first) , on medium heat put in your olive oil, add your onions.  Stir till they start to soften then add carrots, sprinkle in a little salt and pepper( season each layer).  After carrots start to soften a bit,
put your mushrooms in then add your garlic.  stir then add your diced potatoes( add a little more S & P) and cook for about 5 minutes.  Now pour in you 2 cans of diced tomatoes and sugar and stir again.  Add your first quart of chicken broth then your meatballs gently. Now using the other quart of broth cover meatballs.  Stir gently bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 35-40 minutes.  After 35 minutes or so add you frozen artichokes and kale.  Let that cook for another 5 minutes( your stew should still be at a simmer, and this is a good time to make sure your seasoning is right. ImageIf you need a little more salt and pepper go ahead and add it).   In a small bowl take your corn starch and 2 tablespoons of cold water, mix well then pour into your pot and stir gently so as not to break the meatballs. Let the broth thicken so it gives you almost a gravy like consistency.  Serve with a piece of crusty bread and you will be in heaven.

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