Breakfast Kale & Bean Soup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons
olive oil (or enough to coat pot)
3 cloves
garlic (chopped)
1
large onion (chopped)
8 cups
chopped kale leaves
2 cans
beans of choice (14 oz can, rinsed and drained)
1 can
Mexican-style tomatoes with chilies (10 oz can, Rotel or Heinz brand)
1 can
diced tomatoes (28 oz can)
1⁄4 teaspoon
pepper
3
bay leaves
3⁄4 teaspoons
oregano
4 cups
beef or chicken broth
1 pound
spicy Italian sausage (chicken or pork)
 
grated parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
Yields:
servings

Instructions

Heat oil in large pot. Add garlic and onion. Cook about two minutes on medium-high heat. Add kale, and cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring frequently. Add some broth if kale sticks to pot. Add beans, tomatoes, pepper, herbs, and (remaining) broth. Bring soup to a low bubble, then cover and let simmer for about 30 minutes.

While soup simmers, cook sausage in another pan to render out fat. Remove casing and break up links. Drain meat, stir into soup, and serve. Sprinkle grated parmesan on each serving if using. For a less spicy soup, omit Mexican-style tomatoes and use sweet Italian sausage. 

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