Our favorite way to entertain a crowd in the winter is to have a big pot of soup simmering and then put out our panini press and all the fixings. This lets me visit with our family and friends without being tied to the kitchen. We’ve done this for holidays, birthdays, and dinner company more times than I can count. Sausage Kale Soup is my favorite soup to have on those occasions. It is hearty and filling and warms your belly on cold nights.
Sausage Kale Soup & DIY Panini Bar
This is a simple but delicious way to feed a crowd. It took me about 30 minutes to make the soup, cook the bacon and set everything out. Purchasing a few ingredients at the grocery store and putting together this easy spread helps you spend more time with your loved ones.
I’ve learned over the years not to try complicated new recipes when I have company coming I want to impress. There is always a chance they won’t work. It is best to keep things simple on holidays and use tried and true recipes and quality ingredients like these ones from Tyson Foods.
I use thick-cut bacon so you get that great bacon flavor in every bite. I just cook it on a cookie sheet in the oven so it’s completely hands-off. And having your house smell like bacon when the guests walk in is never a bad thing. They will inevitably say, “Wow, something smells good!”
Making the Sausage Soup is really easy. You just put the sausage in the pot with the onions and garlic. Cook until the sausage is browned. I break it up using a potato masher. Add the other ingredients. Season and simmer. Done.
Sausage & Kale Soup – Low Carb, Grain Free, THM S
1 tsp olive oil
2 pounds sausage
1 large onion, chopped
12 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large can diced tomatoes in juice
6 cups chicken stock
1 can cannellini beans (optional)
16 oz bag frozen kale
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Do It Yourself Panini Bar:
Bread – I used sprouted grain bread and a batch of Nuke Queen Bread made with 5 whole eggs and cooked in an 8×8 pan
Deli Meat – Ham, Turkey, Salami, etc.
Crispy Cooked Bacon
Cheeses – Mozzarella, Muenster, Provolone, Cheddar, etc.
Mayo, Mustard, etc.
This is a great way to entertain for Christmas or New Year’s. My guests have always loved the opportunity to make their own custom hot sandwiches and it lets me spend more time with them.
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 pounds sausage
- 1 large onion chopped
- 12 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 large can diced tomatoes in juice
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 can cannellini beans optional
- 16 oz frozen kale
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
Drizzle the olive oil in a large stockpot set on medium heat. Add the sausage, onions, and garlic. Cook until the sausage is fully cooked. I use a potato masher to break the sausage into small pieces.
- Add the other ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.