Christmas Soup

Total Time:
6 hr
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
1 hr 30 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound kielbasa, sliced 1/4-inch thick on bias
  • Vegetable oil, as needed
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound red kidney beans, soaked at least 4 hours and up to overnight
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 pound red bliss potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 ounces fresh kale, approximately 4 handfuls
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Place the kielbasa into a 7-quart Dutch oven and set over medium-low heat. Cook until the kielbasa has browned well and rendered its fat, approximately 15 minutes. If you do not have at least 2 teaspoons of fat, add enough vegetable oil to make 2 teaspoons. Remove the kielbasa from the pan and set aside.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent the garlic from burning. Add the beans and the chicken broth and cook, covered, for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, add the potatoes, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Wash, rinse and trim the kale and tear into bite size pieces. Add the kale to the pot, cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes or just until it is tender, but not mushy.

Add the red wine vinegar and black pepper and stir to combine. Evenly distribute the kielbasa between 8 soup bowls. Laddle the soup into bowls and serve.


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So tasty and good! I went back for seconds. I did feel like it needed a touch of brightening, so I added some ground coriander and a touch of thyme. Just perfect. Saving this recipe for making again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this soup. Easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Eager to try this soup. I am not sure where the 6 hours comes in. I have looked this over and over and cannot see where it takes 6 hours as said in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. I never would have thought of putting these ingredients together ... beans, chicken broth, kale and kielbasa? ... but it works wonderfully. Easy, quick (canned beans are fine) and becoming one of my favorites. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious--served it on New Year's Day, so I substituted black-eyed peas for the beans item not reviewed by moderator and published
I changed nothing in this recipe - never do the first time, yet it was perfect! The garlic was great as is, the vinegar made it delicious. Everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was one of the easiest and tastiest soups I've ever made. Put it in the crock pot overnight and it was a big hit the next day at Christmas Dinner. Everyone came back for seconds and only stopped because we had more food to eat. I did cut back on the garlic (1/2) though and it still had plenty of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, don't forget the vinegar! I did and it was just okay. Added the anchovies early as somebody suggested. Not sure that was a great addition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is surprisingly fabulous! But you can't go wrong with smoked kielbasa. I had purchased ingredients for another soup but couldn't find the recipe when I got home. So after searching on the Food Tv web site, I came across this one and decided to try on a whim. SO glad I did. I only had gold yukon potatoes so I used those. Took the advice of others and held back on the garlic but added an onion. Such an easy recipe with a wonderfully rich taste from the kielbasa. (And I don't care if my kids don't eat it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, delicious. I used turkey kielbasa to cut fat. Nobody knew. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is including the time it takes to soak the kidney beans (a minimum of 4 hours.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
There's no anchovies in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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