It is really cooling off in TX… FINALLY! It is mid October and we went from 90 degree weather to 60 degree weather overnight. And as you know, when the cold weather hits, I love to make soup!
My friend, Tyler shared a sausage and orzo soup recipe with me a few years back. I scribbled it on a scrappy piece of paper and it has followed me around and I have continued to make small adaptions to it.
Soup is always hearty, and so good for you! Although the sausage adds fat, I am not afraid of fat every once in a while. Feel free to add chicken or turkey sausage to make the recipe a little healthier! And I have added Kale for some extra taste and added health benefits!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family has over the past few years!
Sausage, Kale and Whole Wheat Orzo Soup
3 tbsp. Olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 Lb. ground sausage
6 cups chicken broth
1-24 oz. Can of diced tomatoes
2 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. each of rosemary, oregano, ground garlic
2 bay leafs
1 cup whole wheat orzo
1 cup Kale, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery and sauté until tender and soft, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook until brown and cooked through. Add bay leaf, broth, tomatoes, and herbs and spices. Bring to a boil and add orzo. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, until orzo is done. Add kale and parsley. Remove from heat and serve with whole wheat bread!