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Here's a great recipe I clipped from a magzine years ago and have forgotten about. Can't wait to make it again when the weather is cooler!
- 3 1⁄2 cups chicken broth
- 1 (10 ounce) packagefrozen chopped kale or 1 (10 ounce) package collard greens (I like to use spinach) or 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (I like to use spinach)
- 8 ounces kielbasa or 8 ounces other fully cooked smoked sausage
- 1 (19 ounce) can cannellini (white kidney beans) or 1 (19 ounce) canother canned white beans
- 2⁄3 cup elbow macaroni
- Put broth and frozen kale (or spinach) into a heavy 4 quart pot over high heat.
- Slice sausage into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Add to pot. When mixture boils, reduce heat, cover and simmer.
- Meanwhile, rinse and drain beans; add to pot with macaroni.
- Simmer 8 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
I made a variation of this with dried white beans, whole wheat pasta, fresh Kale and an herbed chicken sausage. It was a wonderful meal that I had for lunch for days. The only thing I would recommend is to keep the pasta separate from the soup unless it will all be consumed within the first day -- otherwise the pasta gets way too overcooked.
fantastically fast and easy. I used frozen spinach and substituted whole wheat (Barilla Omega-3) macaroni for a little added health boost. I also cut the Kielbasa into half rounds instead of rounds so that they would fit on the spoon easier. The only thing I may change is reducing the amount Kielbasa since as written, it's a very rich soup.