When I saw the yellow chard in my CSA box this week, I immediately thought of soup. Everyone in my house has been sick except for me (knock on wood) so making a quick soup sounded like a good idea. This soup can be made spicy or mild but I do implore the use of some quality spicy Italian sausage. If you’re a local here in western Washington, I suggest using some sausage from Heritage Meat here in Rochester or at your local Co-Op. I absolutely LOVE their seasoning and it works great in this soup (and my Mother-in-law’s famous meatballs)
The soup is reminiscent of a soup that shall remain nameless from Olive Garden but with a few more ingredients and some home cooked lovin’. The zucchini from this week’s box made a nice final addition to the recipe! Enjoy!
In a large stockpot, brown your sausage and onions over medium heat.
Once your sausage is brown and your onions have cooked, add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and scape up any little bits that are stuck to the pan.
Add chicken broth, the minced and roasted red bell pepper, potatoes, thyme, red pepper flakes and pepper. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 10 minutes or until your potatoes are FIRM but cooked.
Once your potatoes are firm (but cooked) add your heavy cream, swiss chard and zucchini. Now, cook the soup for another minute or two. I prefer my zucchini pretty firm so I like to add them at the very end with the chard and cream. If you like them softer, add them a little sooner!
Add salt to taste (if needed). I generally do not need salt, it all depends on the broth you used in the soup!
As I sit here playing catch-up with the last few weeks of recipes, I’ve been scrambling around trying to find something to cook and post for you. My seven month old baby is getting over his first cold, and to top things off, he is getting his lower and upper teeth at the same time. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and I’m a little sleep deprived. With that said, better late than never.
This recipe features caramelized leeks, wilted kale and seasoned, roasted potatoes. I used the Rose Finn Potatoes from the box but you can easily substitute them for a crescent or red potato. I threw in some of the wonderful purple carrots from the recent farm share which gave the salad a wonderful color and paired nicely with the kale. This dish is both healthy and hearty! Enjoy!
Start by making your dressing. Combine mustard, vinegar and lemon juice. Gradually whisk in oil. Set aside.
Clean and scrub your potatoes. Keep the skin on and remove any bad spots. Cut into bite size pieces.
Clean and scrub your carrots. Keep the skin on to retain the wonderful purple color. Slice into 1/4" pieces.
Remove the stems from your kale and roughly chop. Clean your leeks and slice thinly. Set aside.
In a large baking dish, add your potatoes and carrots. Toss with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper and 2 teaspoons of dried tarragon. Cook for about 45 minutes, turning once or twice to brown evenly. Potatoes are done when browned and crispy.
While your potatoes are in the oven start cooking your leeks. In a medium sized skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and bring to a low/medium heat.
Caramelize leeks by cooking with 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for about 20 minutes or until they’re browned. Try not to cook them too quickly or they will burn.
Once your leeks are caramelized, add your chopped kale and crushed garlic.
Continue to stir and cook for about 5 minutes until your kale is wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.
At this point, your potatoes should be close to being done. Once they are browned and crispy, remove from the oven and toss with your kale and leeks in the baking dish. Drizzle the dressing on your potatoes that you made earlier. Stir until it's well coated. Serve immediately.