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Winter Country Soup Recipe
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Winter Country Soup Recipe

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My soup will warm your family up on the chilliest of winter nights! Featuring smoked sausage, beans and other vegetables, it's a hearty way to start a meal or a satisfying lunch all by itself! —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 258 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 1067mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the sausage, red pepper and shallots in butter until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add kale; cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until kale is wilted. Stir in the broth, corn, beans, cayenne and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Return to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook 8-10 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Winter Country Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p51


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ferryal User ID: 3337544 261820
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"Great soup! Since its so cold in Upstate, decided to make this soup & I must say its awesome. Followed the directions exactly except for replacing the smoked sausage with Turkey sausage (health reasons) & omitting the orzo, as I didn't see the need for it. The soup is hearty and loaded with carbs considering the beans & corn. This is a keeper in my recipe box for Winter months. Jeannette, thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us all."

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njgigi User ID: 1582281 261453
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017

"Could the high sodium count be from the sausage? I'd prefer to make it without the sausage or maybe add some chicken instead. I am also cooking for one, but this type of soup freezes very well. This sounds very tasty."

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qalady01 User ID: 5774249 261444
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017

"Delicious. I'd skip the orzo because I have to freeze part of it because I'm only cooking for 1 person. The orzo disintegrated in to what looked like cracker bits. I prefer kale to spinach because it holds up better and I grow it in my garden. I used jalapeno chicken sausage and salt free broth."

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04182010 User ID: 8907736 261419
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2017

"1067 mg salt in a 1 cup serving?!!!!!! You have got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Nana9a User ID: 8591372 261132
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"My husband loved this. I shared with some friends and they asked for recipe. I didn't have kale so used spinach. Very good. Will make again."

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grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 260174
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

"Great winter 'warmer'...I cut the shallots down to 1....I felt 8 was way too many!"

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nanwood User ID: 2351123 260045
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"This an awesome soup! i use spinach instead of kale, and I love it!"

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rgriffin209 User ID: 1907566 254489
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"I was amazed at how much I liked this soup! I am more of a cream soup kind of person, but I needed a gluten and dairy-free recipe (I used rice instead of orzo), and this was delicious! It has such great flavor and I was sure I would need to add salt, but it doesn't need any! I will be keeping this recipe on hand! Thanks you for sharing this Jeanette!"

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 243379
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"This was ok. My first time cooking with kale. I felt like the soup needed some other seasoning than cayenne."

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JimKrieger User ID: 8761346 243256
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"Very Good!"

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