Kielbasa Soup

The other day Melissa came up with this recipe out of the blue – it blew me away. It’s a Polish Christmas soup with Kielbasa, potatoes, kale, beans and a delicious broth with a sour flavor provided by red wine vinegar. It’s one of my favorite soups, and by far my favorite way to eat kale.

Kielbasa Soup

Hah I wish I could claim that I made this up, its an Alton Brown family recipe. I like to watch the Christmas specials on Food Network. I feel like they inspire me before my Christmas cook-a-thon. Anyway, so I saw Alton Brown make this soup on TV and as I watched him reserve the sausage on the side, so he could make sure his  bowl had extra. I realized this was a soup for Trevor. I honestly have tried making soup for years for him and all he ever does is whine about how watery they are. It’s gotten pretty old and he likes to claim that he’s never turned his nose up at anything I’ve made, but I know the truth. So I printed it out, bought twice as much sausage as the recipe requires and got to work. As I was cooking I realized that I didn’t have enough chicken broth. My options were to go to the store and get more thus delaying dinner by another 30 minutes or just pretend it was always half as much. I took the second option, opting for the denial option if it flopped. It didn’t. He likes it thick! In fact I think he likes the broth more like a gravy covering chunks of his soup. This soup has become the man meal of all time at our house, he now requests it anytime its cold outside. The kids however have started calling it yucky soup and refuse to eat it at all. They get grilled cheese and irritated looks from everybody around them.

Serves them right.