Spicy Kale Chowder With Andouille Sausage

"A staff favorite at Food & Wine Magazine. A lively Pinot Grigio such as the 2003 Luna Napa Valley has enough acidity to tame the spice in this soup."
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  • Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot.
  • Add the garlic and onions and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened (about 12 minutes).
  • Add ginger and andouille and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juices; bring to a boil.
  • Add the stock and kale; return to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium, simmering until the kale is tender (about 10 minutes).
  • Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve, or let cool and freeze (can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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  1. windhorse23
    I got a good deal on some andouille sausage, with no particular ideas for using it, so I tried this recipe, mostly because it's low in carbs. It's hard to find low-carb soup recipes that aren't full of cream. I did something I never do--I followed the recipe to the letter, with the exception of adding some cayenne pepper like the first reviewer.<br/>The soup is very tasty and full of stuff. It's almost more stew-like than soupy. But the fact that it just uses broth makes the liquid thin. A little paradox. I was thinking of adding some sliced potato to give it a little more body. <br/>Thanks for the recipe, Karen.
  2. HesterX
    Very good summer soup. I added an extra onion and a wee bit more garlic. I used 2 packages of frozen kale (market was out of fresh), a couple of dashes of cayenne, and a dollop of goose fat for body. Served with a good red wine & baguette.
  3. french cook in Verm
    Thank you Karen!! I put it in my personal recipe box! I only used red onions (2 1/2 med ones), three dashes of cayenne; I reduced liquid to 2.5 quarts; as suggested in a comment, I had 6 quartered small potatoes: used 12 oz package of andouille and added 4 oz of chicken sausage and was very very pleased with results: it is a meal with great left overs! I used a combo of beef, vegetable and chicken stock! thankk you to the reviewers too!!!


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