Crockpot Bacon, Sausage, Kale Soup: The kale makes it healthy. 

Cooking is a coping skill of mine. It works out well for me because I end up with food. I by no means am an expert chef. I cook what I like and hope that others can tolerate/enjoy it too.

My first venture at sharing a recipe is what we refer to in our home as “Bacon Soup”. I basically omit acknowledgement of any added vegetables and everyone is happy.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon (diced)
  • 1 package smoked sausage (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 potatoes (pealed and diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Dash of dried parsley
  • Dash of celery seed
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 bag chopped kale
  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • First cook up the bacon. Do not drain out the grease. From now on grease will be referred to as “flavor boosting happy juice”.

  • Now add the sausage and garlic to the bacon and flavor boosting happy juice. You are going to want to brown the sausage to help build flavor.

  • Ok then folks, I am an easily distractable adult. Between kids, animals, and my general flightiness I can forget the task at hand. Notice that my “browning” turned out more blackish. It’s ok! The crockpot is forgiving, thank God. Toss in the potatoes, celery, spices, and chicken stock. Cover and cook on low for at least 4- hours.

  • At this point you will realize that you forgot to add the beans. Distractibility strikes again! Go ahead and toss in the beans and keep cooking. If you are a super organized person… you could just add the beans right away.

  • Now that everything is cooked and your ready for one of the only healthy aspects of the dish. Toss in the kale and cover. Let the kale steam in the crockpot for about 30 minutes.

  • Once the kale is steamed and cooked down you are ready to finish the soup.

  • Stir your delicious concoction together and add in the cream. I like to let the soup thicken for about 20 minutes before serving it up.

  • The end result is a thick, savory, and creamy dish that is an easy crowd pleaser. Add garlic bread and you will quickly be considered a culinary goddess, even by your harshest critics.

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