Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fix and Freeze Hearty Italian Soup

When I am feeling stressed, tired and overwhelmed that there are not enough hours in the day, week or month,  I start to crave time in my kitchen.  My kitchen is my sanctuary where I retreat to relocate my center of gravity.  I lean towards preparing comfort foods, preserving seasonal bounty or indulge in batch cooking to ease my disorganized meal plan ideas that will surely plague me during the week.

Today, it was all about "Fix and Freeze" soup.  The recipe for this hearty soup was adapted from a recipe found in Southern Living.  I used chorizo instead of mild Italian sausage, kale from the garden instead of spinach, dried navy beans (soaked overnight), and added carrots too.  I had 8-quarts of this soup simmering on the stove on this cloudy Sunday afternoon.  I stored a few containers for the work week lunches and a few quarts for the freezer.

A loaf of crusty bread, and a salad and this would be a great meal. It is hearty and delicious.

Hearty Italian Soup
Serves 8
Recipe adapted from Southern Living

1-lb. chorizo
2tsp. olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (48-oz.) chicken stock
2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 ( 14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
3 large carrots, chopped
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (small bunch kale
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
Freshly shaved parmesan cheese

1.  Cook sausage in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until browned.  Remove sausage from Dutch oven, reserving drippings in Dutch oven.  Sauté onion in hot drippings  3 minutes or until tender.  Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute.  Cut sausage into 1/4-inch thick slices, and return to Dutch oven.

2.  Stir chicken broth and next 4 ingredients into sausage mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes.

3.  Stir in kale and next two ingredients; cook stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until kale is wilted.  Top each serving with Parmesan cheese. 


Rambling Tart said...

That is my kind of soup, Velva. So savory and nourishing. I love freezing soups too. :-)

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
Looks Yummy I can see this with some garlic bread. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend with family.

Michelle said...

The best kind of comfort food for cold weather.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I can't tell you how many soups I have in the freezer! This would be a great option!

Monet said...

You and me both. Kitchen time is therapy time. Thank you for sharing such a delicious dish. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, A perfect soup. I love soups! The bread and the salad make it complete.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I would LOVE to have this waiting in my freezer on a day when I was exhausted.

Big Dude said...

Looks really good and we do the same big batch to freeze thing with soups and chili.

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

That looks great for a cold, windy, rainy day!

Angie Schneider said...

A perfectly warming and delicious soup for the season!

That Girl said...

This is the kind of soup my mom used to make all winter long!

Mary Callan said...

Oh I so agree - soup is the ultimate stress buster - so centering and so healthy, I live on it all winter!
Yours looks perfect :)
Mary x

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I am the same. Get me stressed, then you'd better park me in the kitchen. OR sit me next to chickens and let me watch them - instant relaxation. LOL

Your soup looks like its full of flavor and delicious. It's really hot here today so I'll wait for a rainy or cool day to give it a try.

Carol said...

Looks great! Especially with some crusty bread!

Blond Duck said...

I'm all about simple and easy.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh friend! It is always so nice to be able to freeze some soup and save it for a cold night when you need it the most!

Ann Jones said...

I cook and bake when I'm stressed too :) The kitchen has always been where I turn when things aren't perfect. Your soup looks great, I love kale!

Rhodesia said...

That ssoup sounds perfect for this time of the year, yum yum. Take care Diane

Rachel Cotterill said...

It's definitely soup weather! :)

Honey said...

This looks so healthy and delicious. Love it.

Anonymous said...

nourishing,comforting and lip smacking delicious bowl of soup :-)

JG said...

On a frigid day a bowl of soup is perfect! Looks yummy. So good to have in the freezer, too.

Karen said...

Looks good. I am glad that 'soup weather' has arrived :)

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