The big chunks of corn work particularly well in soup, deepen the flavor, and are fun to gnaw around the edges. You can also make it vegetarian or vegan- just substitute vegetable stock and skip the sausage or use a veggie substitute.
~2T canola oil (to cover bottom of pan)
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
~6 carrots, chopped into rings
splash of booze of your choice (or water)
2 ears corn, shucked and chopped into rings
2 pounds leftover sausages1, cooked and chopped
1 bunch lacinato "dinosaur" kale, chopped
~6-8 c stock (or water + boullion cubes)
handful garlic cloves, grated
salt & pepper to taste
- Saute onion in oil until soft.
- Add bay leaf and carrots, and saute until the onions begin to stick.
- Add a splash of booze to deglaze the pan (lift the tasty sticky brown bits). I used Madeira. Stir until booze has mostly evaporated, but nothing is sticking.
- Add the stock. I used about 8 cups of homemade turkey stock.
- Add corn and sausage, and simmer for ~10 minutes.
- Add kale, and cook until the leaves have just wilted. (If you're using the stems, add them first to get a head start cooking.)
- Grate garlic cloves into soup, and cook for another minute or two to soften/blend the flavor.
- Sample, and add salt/pepper to taste.
1 We pilfered the leftover sausages from the last night's dinner at foo camp. If you're short on geeky conferences with good leftovers, purchase and pre-cook your own sausage.