Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Italian Sausage Kale and Pasta Soup

We are experiencing a slow start to winter this year or perhaps my little bun in the oven has been keeping me warm. Once the cold wind kicked in though, there was no turning back. It was cold and chilly. Rugs, boots, electric blankets and comfort food makes it debut.

When I made this soup, my family has not arrived from Singapore yet. It's something I believe my mum would enjoy, but probably not my grandmother or dad who would prefer a traditional chinese meal. A friend asked me, but won't your family become sick of eating chinese all the time? Surely variety from other cuisines are welcomed? Ask an Italian if he/she will ever be sick of having pasta, and you will probably receive a strange look. It's the same for most traditional families, a bowl of rice will never go down badly. Growing up, rice represents money. A hard working family who has a stable income will be able to provide a stable meal on the table which will consists of soup, meat, vegetables and rice.

Being exposed to a different culture and way of life in my late teens has opened my eyes to what a meal can be like. A simple soup like this fills up, heartwarming and easy. I love the use of italian sausages- with the skin removed, and meat browned to provide a dept in flavour. The kale added texture and of course- a much needed boost of vitamins and nutrients. I had some organic shell pasta on hand and placed a handful of it in there. The result was a clear but fulfilling broth.

I chose to embrace both sides. The days that we have variety, but also the traditional side. My immediate family is now with us, and I feel a sense of warmth. After all, I have not lived with them for a long period of time since I was a teenager. My kitchen has a familiar vinegar smell- one associated with confinement food. My cantonese has miraculously improved as my TV played countless TVB (Hong Kong) drama shows that my mum brought over.

It could be a while since I could make such dishes, but it's ok. I made sure I made plenty of it while I am on leave. Now, it's chinese all the way at home for the next few months. I will be taking lessons while I can!

We are waiting for our little bundle. Yes, he is taking his time to arrive but I am sure the wait is worth it.

Italian Sausage Kale and Pasta Soup (serves 4)
3 Italian sausage- skin removed.
1 red onion
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 bunch of kale washed and trimmed
Around 100 grams of pasta shells
2 tsp of chill flakes
2 litres of chicken stock
around 250 ml of water

Brown chopped onion and garlic. Add in sausage meat and cook throughly with pepper and chill flakes. Pour in stock and water and simmer. When it starts boiling, add pasta. After 3-4 minutes, blanched kale in it. Taste and season accordingly. Serve hot!

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Joanne said...

This soup sounds so comforting, especially as you wait for the little baby to arrive!

tigerfish said...

I am so with you! I never get tired of homecooked Chinese food yet also enjoy a kale sausage pasta like this sometimes. In fact I just cooked kale sausage pasta (non-soupy version)today :)

noobcook said...

I wont get sick of rice because I am a "rice (garbage) bin" lol ... the soup looks comforting for winter!

Little Corner of Mine said...

It does look like a heartwarming one pot dish, so great for cold weather too!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh baby! no pun intended! LOL! It looks delicious and that baby in your belly is loving every single bite of it for sure!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hmm this sounds healthy AND comforting! Love kale in soup, and Italian sausage makes it more appealing to my meat eater husband (who also enjoys kale). :D

Janine said...

Glad your loved ones are there with you for your bun's big day! :) Can't wait to hear the good news on your blog!

lena said...

hi daphne, congratulations! saw your lil baby on fb! oh, you are so right..i'll nvr get tired of eating rice or noodles everyday, i will go weak without them! tho i seldom take soup like these, i know it is just as hearty! enjoy your motherhood!

Maryam said...

never had italian sausage before, wish one day i can try it out..
agence de voyage maroc

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