This winter has been less than spectacular so days like this are perfect to have a warm pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove. After I wrote about my friend Nancy's frolics in the supermarket parking lot which was mobbed because of the impending doom of a snow storm, she calmed down enough to share this with me, which she allowed me to share with you.

It's called Nancy's Cold Busting Sausage Soup

She actually didn't have a name for it, but I thought that was pretty darn good for my first attempt at naming soup. It's not like "how to name your soup" is something that's easy to google. OK, fine, I actually didn't try to google that, I thought that would be ridiculous, so I just named it myself.

Ingredients:  Hot sausage small or large pkg depends on how much meat you want. *if you don't like hot use regular sausage.
2 pkgs of sliced mushrooms
2-3 carrots
2-3 celery sticks
1-2 turnips
1-2 parsnips
Endive
1-2 onions
4-5 garlic cloves
Crushed Thyme
Crushed parsley
Crushed paprika
Crushed Cayenne pepper (optional)
2 18oz cans of chicken broth (might need a little more)
1 can of organic black beans
1 can of organic red beans
1 can of organic garbanzo beans (chick peas)
Dried lentils
Bag of Chopped Kale
-Take sausage out of casings, use a deep large pot, fry sausage in olive oil. Break up the sausage as it cooks
-chop all ingredients and add to sausage as you chop.
-once all is chopped and in pot, cook for about 10-15 minutes until tender.
-add chicken broth
-add cans of beans
-add desired amount of lentils (I add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup)
-use spices to desired taste.
-cook for at least 1 hour, the longer you let it simmer the better it is!
-20 minutes before you serve, break off of kale from stems and add to soup, add the whole bag if you can, it melts down to nothing.

Let me know if you try this recipe and I'll pass on your comments to Nancy. Hopefully she is home curled up with her hubby and furry family enjoying a bowl of this liquid warmth and not in a supermarket parking lot behind someone with 5 loaves of bread because she forgot the lentils.