This soup is a cross between a Toscana soup and a tomato soup, but it tastes really good! The original inspiration for this soup came from this soup here which was linked to an earlier Sunday Night Soup Night. I’m not familiar with what a Toscana Soup is (I’ve never eaten at Olive Garden), but it looked really tasty so I decided to make my own version. I thought it contained tomato because it looks like it does, and I was so confused when I came to making it and couldn’t see tomato in the ingredients! Well I decided that my version was going to have a tomato base, and I’m glad I did, because it is soooo tasty. My husband and I both agree that this is a keeper.
This soup is very satisfying – all I had for dinner was a big bowl of soup, and that’s all I needed. All of the flavors seemed to blend together so perfectly.
Creamy Tomato, Sausage and Kale Soup
2 tablespoons oil (butter/lard)
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound uncooked sausage of your choice (I used bratwurst). I removed the casing from my sausage and cut it into small chunks.
3 medium potatoes, cut into small dice
4 cups chicken stock
1 15oz can tomato sauce/tomato puree
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried sage
¼ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
Pepper – couple shakes
12 (approx.) large leaves of kale (I used lacinato kale)
½ cup cream
1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and garlic and sauté for a couple minutes.
2. Add the sausage and lightly brown.
3. Add the potatoes, chicken stock, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, sage, sea salt and pepper.
4. Simmer, lid off, for about 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, chop up the kale. My preference is to remove the stalk on each leaf.
6. Add the kale to the pot. Simmer for a further 10 minutes. Check that potatoes are cooked.
7. Turn off the heat and stir in ½ cup cream.
8. Check seasonings, then serve – with a side salad, or crusty bread, or simply on its own!
Linking to: Sunday Night Soup Night, Monday Mania @ Healthy Home Economist, Homestead Barnhop @ The Prairie Homestead, Make Your Own Mondays, Real Food 101 @ Ruth’s Real Food, Fat Tuesday @ Real Food Forager, Real Food Wednesdays @ Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Healthy 2day Wednesdays @ day2dayjoys, Full Plate Thursdays @ Miz Helen’s