This soup inspired by Caldo Verde, which is a traditional Portuguese kale (or collard greens) and sausage soup. It’s a hearty dish full of smoky, savory flavors. In fact, it’s so good we decided to “veganize” it for everyone to enjoy. Our secret weapon in this recipe is vegan sausage. There are so many tasty varieties out there – take your pick!
Another feature that makes kale and sausage soup is smokiness. And guess what? You don’t need smoked animal parts to get that flavor. Indeed, all you need is the power of smoked paprika! This spice is hands down one of our favorite pantry ingredients. Just a little makes your meal taste like it was cooked over an open fire.
How to Make
To start the recipe, cut the vegan sausages into thick slices. Next, heat some oil in a pot and fry the sausages until they’re golden brown on both sides. Now remove the sausages, but leave the oil in the pan.
After that, take your roughly chopped potatoes, onions, and garlic and add them to the hot pan. Saute all these veggies until the onions and garlic are soft and translucent. Then sprinkle in the smoked paprika, drop in the bay leaves, and keep cooking until the spices are fragrant.
Now that you’ve cooked off the veggies return the sausage to the pan and add 8 cups of veggie broth. Bring the liquid to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer. Keep the soup bubbling until the potatoes are soft.
Now it’s time to finish the dish. It’s not traditional, but we prefer our vegan sausage and kale soup a little chunky. We get this effect by taking half the soup (including the potato and sausage) and blending it up! Of course, make sure you remove the bay leaves first.
Blending tips: play it safe and let the soup cool for 15 minutes before you transfer it to the blender. Also, we get the best results with a high-powered stand-up blender. You can use an immersion blender, but the soup will be grainier.
And that’s it! You’ve got a delicious vegan sausage and kale soup on your hands. Divide into 6 bowls and serve it up hot! For bonus points, dish up some crusty bread on the side.
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