Kielbasa; White Bean & Kale Soup

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INGREDIENTS

1 bunch kale or collard greens

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 ounces kielbasa or fresh Italian sausage (mild or spicy), thinly sliced crosswise

1 large leek (white and light green part only) or 1 bunch green onions, sliced

1 (15-ounce) can white beans, such as cannellini or navy beans, rinsed and drained

3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 to 2 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse kale, shake dry, and cut out and discard tough center stems. Roll leaves lengthwise into a tight tube and cut crosswise into 1⁄4-inch strips. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add kielbasa and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add leeks and cook over medium heat about 3 minutes. Add kale and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes.

  4. Stir in beans and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until kale is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

  5. Ladle soup into bowls. Grate cheese on top.