- 1 tablespoon butter
- 8 shallots, chopped
- 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 package (14 ounces) smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 8 cups chopped fresh kale
- 3 cups frozen corn (about 15 ounces)
- 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
- In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute sausage with pepper and shallots until browned.
- Add kale; cook, covered, until kale is wilted, 2-3 minutes. Stir in all remaining ingredients except orzo; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
- Return to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook until pasta is tender, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Reviews forWinter Country Soup
"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."
"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."
"1067 mg salt in a 1 cup serving?!!!!!! You have got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"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."
"Great winter 'warmer'...I cut the shallots down to 1....I felt 8 was way too many!"
"This an awesome soup! i use spinach instead of kale, and I love it!"
"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!"
"This was ok. My first time cooking with kale. I felt like the soup needed some other seasoning than cayenne."