SAUSAGE, KALE AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP from the Lively Table

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This easy and healthy Sausage, Kale and Butternut Squash Soup with chickpeas is a quick and cozy meal for cool fall nights. (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb lean sausage of choice, casing removed (if there is one)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans or chickpeas
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 3 cups broth, beef or vegetable
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tsp dried
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, brown sausage. Drain and set aside.
  2. In same pot, without wiping out, add celery, onion, garlic, and squash. Cook until fragrant and semi-soft.
  3. Add broth, water, thyme, and pepper. Let simmer until squash is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add beans or chickpeas and kale, and let simmer until beans are warmed through and kale is wilted, about 5-10 more minutes.
  5. Serve hot. Leftover re-heat well.