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Spicy Sausage, Potato and Kale Chowder

What’s not to love about a recipe title like that?!

Not only was it delicious, but it came together fast, was full of healthy, organic ingredients and was a perfect fit for what is sure to be one of the few crisp evenings we have left this season. Another bonus? I had four of the required ingredients at my fingertips from my CSA box. ­čśÇ

Earlier this week I was given a 50 pound box of potatoes. When I saw the recipe that inspired this variation, the potatoes are what sold me. I made a double batch so that I could freeze some for another day. By another day, I mean a day when it’s so stinking terribly hot that I don’t feel like cooking. Those days aren’t far off.

SUPER easy. For ONE batch, use the following recipe. As I said, I doubled it.

Here goes:

1 pound bulk spicy italian sausage (I found it at Sprouts.)

3 cups cubed potatoes

1 white or yellow onion

2 cups chicken stock

3 cups organic half & half

3 cups kale, ( I used curly), torn into bite size pieces

1/2 tsp fresh oregano

pinch of salt to taste

pinch of crushed red pepper

basil for garnishing (and amazing flavor)


Brown the sausage, drain any fat/grease.

Add onion, cooking until just translucent.

Add potatoes, tossing all ingredients until coated and incorporated.

Add chicken stock, bring to a low boil, then drop to a simmer for 20-30 minutes until potatoes are tender.

Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.

Add half & half, kale, oregano.

Simmer for 10-15  minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with a garnish of basil on top.


Considering the free ‘tatoes, the awesome CSA bargains and the Sprouts meat sale, and the fact that our local Grocery Outlet market had organic half & half AND organic, free range chicken stock SUPER cheap, I was able to do a DOUBLE batch of this soup for less than $6.00. That’s all kinds of amazing.

Give it a try!



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