The Olive Garden classic Creamy Sausage Potato Kale Soup remade into a dreamy dairy free rendition. Lower calorie, higher nutrient, but still incredibly comforting and delicious.
A white Christmas is what I prayed for, and a white Christmas is what I am getting! I drove to Portland to see a friend this week, over the Mt. Hood pass, in a beautiful snow storm that had traffic crawling below 20 MPH for over an hour. I didn’t mind at all. There haven’t been a lot of snow storms in Malaysia the past 6 years. Snow, and beautiful winters, are one of the biggest reasons I want Xander to grow up here.
I made this soup last weekend and photographed it outside (under cover!) while it was snowing. Today, I am writing this post as another storm brings in an expected 8 inches throughout the day.
Xander and I spent the morning out in the storm– driving very slowly– and enjoying hot coffee and a babyccino at Starbucks, walking through the snow downtown, and stopping by the library for a toddler sing and dance session. He loves being outside, and seems impervious to the cold (it was 14 degrees F as we were walking around this morning!). He wants to get down, walk around, play, and I get too cold to be outside way before he reaches that point.
This is the soup I mentioned earlier this week that I will be making on Christmas Eve this year (along with Roasted Butternut and Turkey Chili, and Winter Root Vegetable Soup). The bright white creamy base screams holiday season.
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Tips for Creamy Sausage Potato Kale Soup
- The flavor of this soup comes primarily from the chicken sausage– so you need to use a good sausage that you enjoy. I’ve been making this with Whole Food’s Italian chicken sausage (from the meat counter), and it’s amazing. I made it once with a different brand that I hadn’t tried before, and it was really flat in flavor. If the sausage you buy isn’t delivering in the flavor department, add extra spices in. I used 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Start there, and add more to taste.
- I have never been a fan of cream based soups, but love the combination of cauliflower and cashews for a rich, thick soup base. My family (who do eat cream based soups) claims this is better than the classic version.
- A bowl of the Olive Garden version of this packs in a total of 1100 calories! Yikes. And people eat that as a starter? This soup comes in at 300 calories for a large bowl, and is packed with protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
Nutritional data for Creamy Sausage Potato Kale Soup and images courtesy of www.NutritionData.com.
Other Winter Warming Soup Recipes:
- Crockpot Chicken Gnocci Soup, by Pinch of Yum
- Holiday Soup for the Soul, by OhSheGlows
- Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, by Vitamin Sunshine
- Roasted Butternut Turkey Chili, by Vitamin Sunshine
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