Vic’s Tricks To…Sausage, Kale, and Orzo Soup

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by Vic’s Tricks To...
4 servings
30 min

The high the other day was 1°…… 1 FREAKIN’ °!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve lived in the northeast for most of my life. But I will NEVER get used to the bitter -25° with wind chill nonsense we deal with every year.

BUT – being the optimist I am (eye roll), I cannot help but look at the bright side….

Cold weather = warm food AND Warm food = SOUP!

Yesssss. Do I love soup. So warm and toasty and cozy, yet so flavorful and bold yet balanced. And best of all…EASY. (for the most part – although I did get a hand blender for Xmas so ya’ll about to see some creamed soups so get ready!).

Anyway, for episode one of the “It’s too cold outside and I have nothing better to do” series, we’ve got…

Sausage, Kale and Orzo Soup.

That’s right – delicious, tomato-based soup with orzo and pork, but it’s still healthy because there’s kale in it. Duhh.

AND I HAVEN’T GOTTEN TO THE BEST PART!! – the whole thing takes like 30minutes total.

Say what?! Vic’s gotta be drunk again….

Ok… fine… so what if I am?! I’m also serious. 30. Minutes.

Over medium-high heat, brown the ground pork (or sausage out of the casing) in a large soup pot. Once browned, remove to a separate bowl or plate.

I used ground pork and left it pretty roughly chopped….you could say I like it rough, especially regarding my sausage.

Add your onions and garlic to the same pan and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Or until your entire home is aggressively overwhelmed by the pungent, garlicky, scent…

Woah. I’m sorry. I let myself get carried away there…

I could swim in this….

ANYWAY – once the onions and garlic start to soften (and I’ve calmed down a bit), add the orzo and combine. Toasting the orzo a bit gives it a nice texture before we submerge it in deliciousness 🙂

Once again – I could easily eat this as a meal every night

From there, you just about throw everything right on in.

Chicken broth, water, tomatoes, beans, Italian seasoning, red pepper, oregano. Bring it up to a boil until the orzo is mostly cooked – about another 5 minutes.

Add back your pork or sausage and your kale and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the kale is wilted to your liking, madame.

And BOOM. You’re ready to go.


Happy Eating!

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Vic’s Tricks To…Sausage, Kale, and Orzo Soup
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 lb of ground pork or sausage links out of the casings, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 16 oz low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 15-oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 stalks of kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in large soup pot and brown ground pork/sausage
Remove cooked piece to a plate a set aside
To the same pan, add onions and garlic and cook until tender, 3-4 mins
Add orzo to pot and toast lightly for about 2-3 mins
Add chicken broth, water, tomatoes (with juices), beans, and seasonings
Bring to a boil and continue to boil and to cook the pasta for about 5 minutes
Add back the sausage and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the kale
Let the PIPING HOT soup cool, then serve and enjoy!
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