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What a great soup! It's very hearty and more than delicious. I used spicy Italian sausage and did everything else the same. Anything that starts with 1/2 cup of garlic has to be good.

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Camilleking January 14, 2011

i was looking to recreate a vegetarian version of my grandmother's kale soup. incidentally, she was also from fall river. this turned out great and was nearly what i remembered eating as a kid. i omitted the apple, used marsala wine, and substituted a large pinch of chipotle pepper flakes to make up for not using chourico. i also cooked one cup (dry) of elbow macaroni and added it at the end, since that's how my voa (grandmother) did it. :) thanks for the great recipe!

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melliroo January 08, 2009

great soup but got a bit lost wth directionshad smoked andouille sausage so used that used no salt added tomatoes, so lower sodium thanks again

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keyes123 December 21, 2007

This really does cure what ails you, more than chicken soup, I think, especialy since it is a bit tangy and spicy. I have made this 3 times now with different substitutions based on what I had on hand. The best variation was using tomato puree instead of diced tomatoes, and using smoked sausage. I also have found that red or white wine both make good soup. I have been using water with a few teaspoons of chicken boullion. After I tried your recipe, I had intended to try one of the other recipes, but this one was so delicious and perfect, and I loved your directions (like I have a real expert grandma helping me), so I couldn't bring myself to even try another recipe. My husband is from Germany and I love the soups there and this one has that same old world depth of flavor that a quick cooked soup doesn't have. Also, my husband was afraid of Kale before he ate this soup, he expected it to be bitter, but there is none of that. (I don't ever taste kale as bitter, maybe I've been lucky) Great recipe. Thank you so much for posting it.

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Andolisa December 10, 2007

This was amazing!!! It had a very good flavor, and great spicing. for the stock, i used half chicken half beef just because that was what i had on hand and it still turned out wonderful. The apple was a nice addition to the stock. it made it slightly sweet, but very very subtly. I the only problem is that the recipe it doesn't say what to do with the can of tomatoes or the garlic. I added the garlic when i checked the taste before i added the kale. I left the tomatoes out because it when i tasted it, the flavor was already amazing.

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beckygirl April 11, 2007

Thanks for the authentic recipe of your grandmothers! I'm blessed to live within driving distance of East Providence RI where I go to Gaipo's Market for their fresh chourico (pr. Shur-eez) sausage. I like the hot version, sometimes I add in linguica. I've never added sherry or wine to my kale soup and I'll be sure to try it on the next batch. I make huge batches of this soup because it is great fresh, and even better on the second or third day (if it isn't gone by then)

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spicygrits January 28, 2007

Great, healthful soup that just begs for a hunk of hearty, crusty bread. I used some chicken chipotle sausage to cut down on the saturated fat.

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sugarpea January 16, 2007

I found this recipe a year ago on Zaar, and have had it in constant rotation ever since. It tastes extremely authentic, on par with the best local haunts in Massachusetts. I prefer to use sherry, but the white wine works well also. A fine, Old World soup.

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HesterX November 13, 2006

My grandma is from Fall River as well...this sure brings back comfort and as you say cures all that ales...I dont think my gramma added apples...sounds delish!

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calichef September 15, 2005
Portuguese Kale Soup (With Veggie Version)