Cheese Tortellini Soup with Cannellini, Kielbasa, and Kale

Nemo has been a great help this weekend in allowing me to vegetate on the couch.  After catching some kind of sickness, I have done absolutely nothing over the past couple of days other than sleep, watch movies, and drink a lot of chicken broth.  Unfortunately, today is Sunday.  That means I have to actually get off the couch and be at least a little productive.  This is one of my mom’s recipes, perfect for when you are feeling sick or just hankering for something really amazing to eat.

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2 tbs olive oil

12 oz fully cooked smoked turkey kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

10 cups low-sodium chicken broth

4 cups kale (1/2 bunch)

1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans

1 (9 oz) package cheese tortellini

1 cup parmesan

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Chop the onion, mince the garlic, and slice the kielbasa.

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Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the onion, garlic, kielbasa, thyme, and red chili flakes.  Cook until the vegetables are softened and the kielbasa is brown, about 12 minutes.  Add the broth and bring to a boil.

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Remove the thick stems of the kale and chop into bite size pieces.

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Add the kale into the boiling steam bath, along with the rinsed cannellini beans.

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Drop the temperature down to a low boil and add the tortellini, cooking until just tender.

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Lastly, add in all that cheesey delicious parmesan.

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Enjoy your Sunday!

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