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Sausage, Kale and Chickpea Soup

Best of Bridge

Sausage, Kale and Chickpea Soup

Sausage, Kale and Chickpea Soup, page 88, soups, comfort food

from  Best of Bridge Family Slow Cooker by The Best of Bridge

This hot and hearty soup makes for a cozy weeknight supper — serve it with crusty bread.

                             Vegetable oil

1 lb                        mild or hot Italian sausages         500 g

3                            garlic cloves, minced          3

1                            onion, chopped            1

1                            can (28 oz/796 mL) whole tomatoes,  with juice  1

1                             can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained (2 cups/500 mL)  1

6 cups                    ready-to-use chicken broth   1.5 L

12 tsp                    dried thyme         2 mL

Pinch                      hot pepper flakes             Pinch

                               Salt and black pepper to taste

1                             bunch kale, trimmed and chopped   (about 1 lb/500 g)    1

In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Squeeze sausage out of its casing into the pan and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, for 3 minutes. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring, until sausage is browned and onion is soft. Scrape into a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas, stock, thyme, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper. (If the stock doesn’t fully cover the other ingredients, top it up with water.) Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until soup is slightly thickened. Stir in kale, cover and cook for 10 minutes, until wilted. 

Serves 6 to 8.

Tip: Change the taste of the soup by varying the type of sausages you use. Sweet Italian sausages or bratwurst will give the soup a mild taste, whereas spicy Italian sausages or chorizo will completely transform the flavor. If you’d like something lighter, try turkey or chicken sausages.