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Ok, this is NOT the first time I’ve made a soup like this. In fact, I make these kinds of soups chock full of hearty veggies, savory broth, and turkey sausage or shredded chicken almost weekly in the winter. But I got such an overwhelming request on social media to share the “how to” that I figured I would add it to the repertoire (PS see here for another version).

I love these kinds of soups because you can use whatever veggies you have on hand and you can give them a more acidic spin by adding canned tomatoes, or a whole new flavor but using different fresh herbs in each batch. For this one, I decided not to add tomatoes since I often do and instead focus on keeping the broth a yellowish hue, accentuating the stock and green veggies. You can also amp it up in the carb department by adding white beans, brown rice, or gluten-free pasta to make it that much heartier!

What I used:

  • 4 turkey Italian sausages
  • 3-5 carrots peeled & diced
  • 1 large white or yellow onion diced
  • 1 head of celery diced (include the leafy parts!)
  • 1 head of collard greens cut longways down the center of the rib then cut into strips
  • 3-4 cups of chicken stock (I use better than boullion) depending on how much soup you want
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp crushed dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp crushed dried basil

How To:

  1. In a large pot saute the carrots, onions, and celery in a few Tbsp of oil on high/medium heat until translucent (10 minutes or so constantly stirring). When they’re almost done add all of the seasonings in and toss around again.
  2. Then add in the chopped collards and give them a minute or two to wilt a tiny bit
  3. Next, add the chicken stock, bring to a low simmer cover and let cook for a about an hour.
  4. While the soup is simmering, roast the turkey sausages in the oven with a drizzle of oil at 425 for about 45 minutes. Then remove them, let them cook just a bit and slice into medallions. Add to the soup. Taste test and add more salt or pepper if needed.