Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hearty Kale, bean and sausage soup #bookgiveaway, Author Linda Wiken @LWiken

Since the season of cold blasts of air is upon us, of course it's mingled with beautifully colored leaves quickly abandoning the trees, it's a good time for some homemade soup!

My favorite soups all fall into the hearty range. I like them bold, chunky and with lots of flavor. I'm always on the prowl for new soup ideas as I tend to overuse each new one until I need something totally different. But this is one I've used over and over again, so many times that I'm not really sure where it all started. Each time I try a different type of sausage and I also like to play around with the beans and mushrooms. Lots of room for experimenting.

And, you'll need to play around with the amounts, especially for the sausages. This time I used two large Chorizo sausages (love the heat!) and that worked out just right for servings for five.

What you'll need: 

2 sausages (more or less)
4 large white mushrooms
1/2 bunch fresh kale
1 - 15 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 19 ounce can diced tomatoes
3 c. chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, sliced in slivers
1/2 onion
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. tumeric
fresh rosemary

 What to do: 

1.  Slice the sausages into bite-size pieces.

2.  Fold the stalks of kale in half lengthwise and remove the stem. Then tear the leaves into pieces. 

3.  Slice and dice the onion and garlic while heating the olive oil in a large pot. Add to the pot and heat until the onions are translucent.

4.  Add the sausage and kale to the onion mixture and cook for 5-6 minutes.

5.  Stir in the chicken broth and tomatoes. Add the kale, tumeric, and rosemary sprig. Bring to a gentle boil and allow to simmer for 25 minutes.

6.  Add both types of beans and continue to simmer for at least 5 minutes more.

Serve with your favorite bread or dinner roll.

For a chance to win a signed copy of  TOASTING UP TROUBLE, leave a comment telling me what is your favorite soup recipe! Winning name will be drawn Friday at 5 p.m. EST.

The first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is now available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book. Recipes included!

Book #2, ROUX THE DAY, is coming in March, 2017!

Writing as Erika Chase -- the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series are available on-line or at your favorite bookstore.

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  1. My favorite soup recipe would be a chicken noodle soup recipe that my daughter gave me a few years ago. It has dumplings added, towards the last of the cooking procedure. Prior to that, I never could make a good chicken soup. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  2. I make a vegetable barley soup with either lamb or chicke. I just use either beef or chicken broth depending on the meat.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  3. I love love LOVE Garden Vegetable soup!
    Kelly Braun

  4. I hadn't thought of combining rosemary and turmeric. Clever.

    Do you mean to rinse and drain the canned beans?

    1. Glad you caught that, Libby. It's been added! Thanks.

    2. My pleasure. Want you all to know that I really look at the recipes!

  5. My favorite home made soup which I make for family and friends is tomato vegetable soup filled with love and wonderful veggies.

  6. Your soup is a winner. I enjoy creating a nutritious chicken soup for winter ills. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Thanks! There's that chicken soup again, always a winner.

  7. I don't really have a favorite soup recipe as I don't really cook much. I do enjoy vegetable soup, though. Someday I'd like to get my mom's recipe. Love the Ashton Corners books and looking forward to reading this new series.

    1. Thanks, Melissa. Mom's recipes always seem the best.

  8. Our favorite is taco soup. brichardson0056(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. That suggests a certain tang, too. Thanks for sharing, Becky.

  9. blackbean and squash. It's two seperate soups served in one bowl. kckendler at gmail dot com

  10. I'm a canned soup senior - tomato and clam chowder!

  11. This looks so good I will tell hubby about it as i am disabled and he is the main cook in the house. We do a good chicken soup which people love and always ask us to make and then he makes a mean chili which isn';t a soup but they love that and the bingo group have hired him to make it for them. Would love to read and review your book and then post on a few sites it looks good also!

    1. I'm a big fan of chili, also. Sounds like your hubby's a keeper!

  12. My Mom's home made chicken soup.She made it for me many times when I was sick. Always made me feel better. Thanks for the chance to win this 1st book of yours in a new series. Can't wait to read it!!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Nancy. I'm thinking the chicken soups are winning.

  13. My Mom's home made chicken soup.She made it for me many times when I was sick. Always made me feel better. Thanks for the chance to win this 1st book of yours in a new series. Can't wait to read it!!

  14. My favorite soup recipe is a 7 can recipe, where you add different cans of beans, tomatoes & Rotel, then let it cook and serve with grated cheese on top (I like Bourbon cheese). It is so easy, but just the thing on a cold and crispy day ~

    1. Sounds like total comfort for a cold day, Celia.

  15. I love chicken tortilla soup - and sometimes eat it with tortilla chips like a dip. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com