Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuscan Rosemary Soup

Tuscan Rosemary Soup
 My friend Holly Johnson gave me a version of this soup years ago.  It is one of our family favorites!  It’s unbelievably fast and utterly simple, yet so flavorful.  And it's a 'one pot' soup!  The entire family loves it, however it may be a little spicy for kids 7 and under if you use the full amount of crushed red pepper.  The Italian and hot sausage is a MUST for the best flavor. Hope you have a rosemary bush in your garden!  If not plant one as soon as you get the will use it all the time!  They make a beautiful perennial addition to your garden.  You can also plant it in a pot for your table or porch.  They also make beautiful topiaries!  You will LOVE using fresh rosemary in your recipes.
12 cups chicken or vegetable broth
(I often use 12 cups water and 12 cubes chicken or vegetable bullion)
1 cup cream
2-4 unpeeled russet potatoes, washed and thinly sliced
4 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped
1 lb. ground Italian or hot sausage
½ teaspoon coarse salt

1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

sprig of fresh rosemary, finely chopped

 In large pot over medium heat, sauté sausage and fresh rosemary until browned.   Add chicken or vegetable broth and cream. Add potato, kale and spices. Simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.  Garnish with small sprigs of rosemary. 

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