Introduction: Corn, Carrot, Kale, and Sausage Soup

This turns out to be a fantastic way to use up leftover vegetables and stay warm in the cold California winter!
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.

Ingredients:
~2T canola oil (to cover bottom of pan)
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
bay leaf
~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.

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Yerboogieman (author)2008-05-15

my grandma made something like this but without the corn and she used bacon instead, she had died recently

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canida (author)Yerboogieman2014-11-18

Mmm, bacon. That sounds awesome. Your grandma had good taste.

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Tobita (author)2008-08-20

i was looking at the picture and when i noticed the corn i thought "god, this looks a lot like one of my grandma's stews" and if i ever get un-lazy enough, i will try to make an 'ible.

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canida (author)Tobita2014-11-18

Please do, I would love to see it.

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dorotheabrown37 (author)2010-08-19

i wonder how it freeze it seem like some thing i will make and freeze in batches

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canida (author)dorotheabrown372014-11-18

Mine froze nicely, how did it work out for you?

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scarecreaux made it! (author)2014-11-17

My new FAVORITE soup!! Thank you!

I took the liberty of making a few modifications and this turned out to be one of the best things I have eaten in a LONG time.

My ingredients (where different):

~12 cups of chicken stock made with Better than Bullion made as per directions plus one lagniappe tsp.

~(2) 11 oz cans of shoe-peg corn

~ 1 lbs of Hillshire Farm smoked sausage and 1lbs of local Cajun style sausage both re-smoked on my grill for about an hour

~ 2 Jalapenos diced ( and gutted) i wanted the flavor not the heat

~ about 6 small sweet peppers diced

~ 1 rutabaga diced

~ approx. 10 oz of petite carrots chopped

~ approx 6 oz of fresh baby portabella mushrooms chopped

~ celery salt to taste

The other ingredients were basically the same as in your recipe except that I sauteed the garlic with the onions and peppers.

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canida (author)scarecreaux2014-11-18

That looks delicious! Perfect for a cold night, especially with a bit of spice.

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Mr Mild Mannered (author)2008-02-29

looks like some tasty soup I'll be making in a few days.

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canida (author)Mr Mild Mannered2008-03-01

Sweet! Let me know how it turns out.

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-20

Yummy! Awesome job canida, your food Slideshows always look delicious, you're a great cook. +1 rating.

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canida (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-23

Thanks! It definitely went away quickly. ;) We'll have to try some variations.

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ferth (author)2008-02-20

Looks awesome, great pix too.

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canida (author)ferth2008-02-23

Thanks! Let me know how it goes if you try it.

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Patrik (author)2008-02-21

Ah - alliteration inspired cuisine! :-D Looks really yummy. You always take some great pictures.

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canida (author)Patrik2008-02-23

This was actually inspired by fridge clean-out; the alliteration was an unexpected bonus. ;)

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mcmatt11 (author)2008-02-22

really freakin great. i made it with some leftover rotisserie chicken instead because that's what i had. yummy.

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canida (author)mcmatt112008-02-23

Awesome! Good use of leftovers - that's the best way to decide what to eat.

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