The ingredients list is short but this soup is packed with flavors. Kale and celery have distinct flavors of their own, and celery is highly aromatic. But two other ingredients can make or break this soup: the bone broth and the sausages.
When I make bone broth, I add a slew of aromatics into the pot. Whole cloves of garlic, an onion (which I halve if large), whole peppercorns and bay leaves are the mainstays.
Depending on how I intend to use the broth, I may add more. Rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon, celery, leeks (or scallions), carrot or ginger are some of these additions. Even ears of corn (yes, just the ears after stripping off the kernels) work too. Not exactly all of them together but a combination of two or more of them.
After hours of simmering, all the flavors from those vegetables, herbs and spices mix in with the flavor that had been stripped from the bones. When you have broth as flavorful as that, you don’t need to overdo the seasonings when making a soup with it.
And then, there’s the sausages. If you’ve seen how sausages are made (and I’m not talking about sausage factories here), you’ll most likely be aware that ground meat is not the only thing that gets stuffed into the casing. Herbs and spices are mixed with the ground meat even before the stuffing begins.
Combine good quality broth with highly seasoned sausages and you can be sure that you’ll come up with an exceptionally tasty soup.
Kale, Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup
- Pour the broth into a pot and start heating.
- While waiting for the broth to boil, peel the sweet potato and cut into half-inch cubes.
- Thinly slice the celery.
- Cut the sausages into half-inch thick rings.
- Cut the kale leaves horizontally into three to four pieces.
- When the broth boils, add the sweet potato cubes, celery, sliced sausages, fried shallots and a sprinkle salt and pepper. Stir.
- When the broth reaches boiling point once more, lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Taste the broth. If it needs more salt and pepper, add just enough to acquire a good balance.
- Serve the kale, sweet potato and sausage soup at once.