I am generously giving this recipe 3 stars. I had to sub kielbasa, but I can't imagine the recommended sausage could really boost the flavor so significantly improve the flavor of this soup to the 5 stars that the others have suggested. After prepping the soup as the recipe stated I realized I couldn't serve it to my family "as is" (BLAND. BORING), so I scrambled to make adjustments last minute. Here's the 5 star revised version: I added a bay leaf and a 3 inch piece of the rind from some parmigiano-reggiano cheese (I saw this in another recipe -- it's awesome!) to the simmering soup. I also added 1/2 tsp. white pepper, 2 tsp. salt, and a couple good shakes of garlic powder. (In the future I would use fresh garlic sauteed with the shallots.) I don't see why in the original recipe the kale was blanched before the rest and feel like many of the beneficial nutrients were washed right down the drain. It seems to simply be a time-wasting extra step. If I make this again I will likely cook the kale right in the soup pot...not worrying about the green color that might result. I simmered the soup with these additions for about 45 minutes which allowed the soup to thicken up perfectly. Finally, to each serving I gave the option of a splash of cream...which I would HIGHLY recommend. There's the 5 stars I was hoping for. :)
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I am generously giving this recipe 3 stars. I had to sub kielbasa, but I can't imagine the...