It's Soup Season

At last the soup was ready.

“All of you shall taste,” the soldiers said. “But first a table must be set.”

Great tables were placed in the square. And all around were lighted torches.

Such a soup! How good it smelled! Truly fit for a king.

But then the peasants asked themselves, “Would not such a soup require bread – and a roast – and cider?” Soon a banquet was spread and everyone sat down to eat.

Never had there been such a feast. Never had the peasants tasted such soup. And fancy, made from stones! 


They ate and drank and ate and drank. And after that they danced.

They danced and sang far into the night. 


At last they were tired. Then the three soldiers asked, “Is there not a loft where we could sleep?”

“Let three such wise and splendid gentlemen sleep in a loft? Indeed! They must have the best beds in the village.” 


So the first soldier slept in the priest’s house.

The second soldier slept in the baker’s house.

And the third soldier slept in the mayor’s house. 


In the morning, the whole village gathered in the square to give them a send-off.

“Many thanks for what you have taught us,” the peasants said to the soldiers. “We shall never go hungry, now that we know how to make soup from stones.” 


“Oh, it’s all in knowing how,” said the soldiers, and off they went down the road.


This sweet tale has held a soft spot in my heart ever since I read it back in, I want to say, 3rd grade. I got my hands on a nearly split in two copy at an old bookstore and was first drawn to the bold hues on the book cover. You see three unlikely friends whipping up a soup together in solidarity. The cover lets you know just what the pages following will entail - a slew of very different people coming together for the love of food. So, with the holidays right around the corner we're celebrating bringing everyone together, for the love of food. And what's better to share than a huge pot of soup or stew? A pot of sausage, kale and potato soup to be more specific. I had a variation of this soup in Portugal and fell in love with the warm, creamy consistency and the softened kale with a bit of spice really makes it! 

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make~

  1. Toss some olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Brown the sausage for about 5 minutes, until no longer pink. Add garlic, onion, shallot, and red pepper flakes. 
  2. Cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring continuously 
  3. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, kale, and remaining spices
  4. Bring the broth to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium low
  5. Cook between 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender
  6. Take the heat off and stir in the half & half
  7. Season with salt and most likely more pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, grab a chunk of crusty bread and devour!

what you need~

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 lb hot italian sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups torn kale
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt to taste
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