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Pluie in Poughkeepsie

When I go out of town on a gig, I have a list of staple groceries from which I can cobble together a meal that sates my inner gourmand without exhausting my outer sloth: olive oil, butter, stock, frozen spinach, pasta, spaghetti sauce, sausage, etc, etc.
One of the first things I do is prepare a soup or stew that I can eat intermittently over the next 3 weeks, and when it’s cold and rainy, this is my go to recipe. It’s hearty, flavorful and,most important on an LOA, cheap!

PORTUGUESE KALE SOUP

4 chorizos
1 bunch of kale, stems removed
2 potatoes
1 can of canellini beans
1 onion
1 can of diced tomatoes

Slice the chorizo into coins and brown in a soup pot over medium heat. Once its fat has rendered out and is crispy around the edges, dice the onions and sauté until soft and translucent.

Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch pieces and add to the pot, sauteeing until lightly browned.

Add the kale, tomatoes and beans. Salt and pepper to taste, add red chili flakes if you like it a little spicy. Cover and simmer for 30 mins, adding water to maintain the desired consistency.

When the potatoes are tender, it’s ready to serve! A nice crusty bread and maybe even some Parmesan shaved across the top makes for a great rainy day meal.

 

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