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Winter Country Soup

My soup will warm your family up on the chilliest of winter nights. Featuring smoked sausage, beans and vegetables, it’s a satisfying meal all by itself, or a hearty way to start one! —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 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
  • 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

Directions

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

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  • gremaux
    May 18, 2020

    OKAY - Probably won't make again

  • DELLQ
    Apr 27, 2020

    This a wonderful soup when you need some comfort food on a cold day!

  • ferryal
    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.

  • njgigi
    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.

  • qalady01
    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.

  • 04182010
    Feb 16, 2017

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

  • Nana9a
    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.

  • grandmascooking22
    Jan 23, 2017

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

  • nanwood
    Jan 21, 2017

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

  • rgriffin209
    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!