The recipe I am sharing with you today was inspired by Leen's original recipe, but I have taken some liberties with the ingredients. You'll find this recipe makes enough for multiple meals or a large group and is perfect for freezing. I started the recipe on the stove top and finished it in my crock pot, but you can easily make this completely on your stove top. Be sure to use a heavy pot because you'll want to cook it for two hours to let the flavors meld.
Let's make some, shall we?
Inspired by Leen's Lodge
|Kielbasa Soup Ingredients|
- 1 pound kielbasa, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 15 ounce cans of beans, I used red kidney and cannellini
- 1 28 ounce can garlic and basil flavored diced tomatoes
- 1 15 ounce can garlic and basil flavored diced tomatoes
- 32 ounces chicken broth
- 32 ounces V8 juice, or tomato juice
- 1 pound frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 onions, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- fresh kale, chopped, optional
Cut the kielbasa into chunks and dice the vegetables. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the kielbasa and cook until lightly browned. Remove from the pan, reserving the fat. If you are using a crock pot, go ahead and add the kielbasa to the pot.
|Brown the Kielbasa|
Add the onion, celery and peppers to the same pan in which you browned the kielbasa. Season with salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat, until the vegetables have softened, but not browned. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour the vegetables into the crock pot.
|Cook the Vegetables until Softened|
Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot, stirring to combine. Cook on high for 4 hours. Add the chopped kale in the last hour if you want. Cook until wilted. Taste for seasoning and serve with crusty bread.
|Add the Remaining Ingredients|
This would be a great soup to make this weekend to have while watching football on TV. You'll have enough left over for a week night dinner next week. You can get the printable kielbasa soup recipe by clicking the link.
Yummy kilebasa soup is perfect for a cold January day!