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recipe review – kale, turkey sausage, and barley stew

I enjoy cooking and throwing things together, but sometimes I need new ideas, so I turn to recipes.  I have this pet peeve with recipe reviews.  Reviewers will give a recipe 5 stars, but then say they changed 12 things about it.  You can’t review a recipe properly while changing 12 things to your liking, that’s not following the recipe!  Just my opinion.

I don’t know if it’s because of our cold MN winters, but in the last few years, I’ve become obsessed with soup.  Nothing is more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of soup.  I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to soup.  Last night I was hankering for soup so I perused my board and came across this recipe from the Williams-Sonoma blog for Kale, Turkey Sausage, and Barley Stew.

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I stopped by Trader Joe’s after work to pick up the ingredients.  They didn’t have any turkey sausage, so I picked up spicy Italian chicken sausage to add a little kick.

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I was nicely surprised by the recipe, the only spices it has are salt and pepper!  It has a small ingredient list, which is what I like best.  Recipes with too many ingredients get a little intimidating, I am bound to make a mistake somewhere.  Side note – TJ’s is the best place to buy olive oil.  That humongous 33 oz. bottle is about $6-$7, which at my local grocery store would cost about $30.  Such a deal!

I pre-chopped everything so I wouldn’t have to frantically chop while things were burning on the stove.

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I started cooking the barley in the small pot, while browning the sausages.  For some reason, the barley kept boiling over with the lid on, so I kept having the take the lid on and off (even with the heat on low), so instead of cooking in 10-12 minutes, it took about 30.  Surprisingly, it still turned out okay.

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Once the sausages were browned, I chopped them up into little cubes.  I chopped both the kale and sausage into smaller pieces than the photo on the website, because I don’t generally enjoy huge pieces in my soup.  I sauteed the onions and garlic then added the sausage, tomatoes, and broth, and cooked those for a little while.

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After that, I added in the kale and barley and cooked it up for another 5ish minutes until the kale softened.

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I followed the recipe to the T (minus the type of sausage), and it turned out to be simple, easy, and it has a lot of flavor!  I really like this soup recipe and will be making it again!

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