Friday, March 19, 2010

Chorizo Kale Soup

Can't remember how long ago it was that I made this-- but it was in my whole 'kale' phase. I think I've made all the kale recipes for now-- just in time, it's leek season. I've gotta put leeks in EVERYTHING. Now it's Spring, so I keep wanting fresh vegetables and fruits... its a dire craving. Unfortunately, I'm pretty broke. I try to keep my expenses cheap then, and while fresh vegetables aren't exactly expensive, they don't last as long....

But whatevs! This was an AMAZINGLY flavourful stew. This was so good! I loved the spicy chorizo in it. The recipe I took it from suggested chorizo, though they used Italian sausage. I kind of thought the chorizo would be slicable-- and maybe sometimes it is, but the chorizo I bought just fell right apart and became mushiness in the pan. And in the soup-- but that was fine! It led to a bright red colour, which I appreciated.

In the original recipe they called it Portuguese Kale Soup, but I dunno, I don't know enough about the history of this soup to be like, yeah, this is from Portugal. So I'll just say it's Chorizo kale soup.

Brian and I really enjoyed this with some bread. It made enough that we had leftovers for two or three days, and every day it just got better. I didn't have some of the stuff that they originally used in the original recipe, so I adapted it to my own use. Which I did, in fact, enjoy greatly.

I keep getting distracted as I write my post because my new kitten is chasing my cat, Tseng, around the apartment and attacking him. Tseng is usually pretty mild mannered, but he's chasing her back. He's much fiercer with her than he has been previously, but he still never hurts her. She's silly, though, because she keeps attacking him, then running and hiding. Coward, hah!

Anywho. Yes... soup... right now it's really chilly in my apartment and I could go for another bowl of this. I made this like... forever ago, though. So I definitely don't have any left. In fact, I don't think I have any soup. I could make oatmeal, but I'll probably end up making tea and an egg or something. I haven't had a lot of protein lately (this morning Brian and I had bagels for breakfast) so that's probably a good idea.

I'm actually catching up with my posts!

This recipe, by the way, was really easy to make. I totally suggest it-- it's like... a piece of cake, and really worth it. Serve with some bread, it's awesome!

Chorizo Kale Soup
Recipe from One Tree Past the Fence

1/2 pound of kale
4 cups of chicken stock
1 pound of chorizo
2 cans of white northern beans
1/2 to 1 cup cooked white rice (depending on preference)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
Cajun essence
3 drops hot sauce
1 drop lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add the chorizo. Remove the chorizo when cooked thoroughly and add the onion and garlic and saute. Once tender, add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the kale, simmer for about five minutes then add the rice. Continue simmering until the kale softens. Add the beans and chorizo back in. Add in the hot sauce, cajun essenese and lime juice. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.


phoenix said...

Oh awesome! What a super-easy and simple way to get some leafy greens into your diet now that fresh veggies are back!

What kind of bread did you have with it? I'll bet it would benefit a lot from a good crusty italian or sourdough. :)

Stephanesia said...

I believe it was, in fact, crusty sourdough. And it was amazing.