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Winter Country Soup

My soup will warm your family up on the chilliest of winter nights. Featuring smoked sausage, beans and vegetables, it’s a satisfying meal all by itself, or a hearty way to start one! —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 shallots, chopped
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 3 cups frozen corn (about 15 ounces)
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute sausage with pepper and shallots until browned.
  • Add kale; cook, covered, until kale is wilted, 2-3 minutes. Stir in all remaining ingredients except orzo; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
  • Return to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook until pasta is tender, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 258 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 1067mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.

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