Corn, Carrot, Kale, and Sausage Soup

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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

11 years ago on Introduction

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

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Tobita

11 years ago on Introduction

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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Patrik

11 years ago on Introduction

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

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canidaPatrik

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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mcmatt11

11 years ago on Introduction

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

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canidamcmatt11

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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