Spanish Kale and Chorizo Soup

Here’s a simple, nourishing soup of homemade bone broth, Spanish cooking chorizo, Arroz bomba de Calasparra, fresh garden vegetables, fennel pollen and oregano..

Spanish Kale and Chorizo Soup

Kale is extraordinarily high in Vitamin K (778%) and is an excellent source of beta-carotene and Vitamins A and C.

1 quart homemade chicken stock
1 tablespoon Spanish olive oil
1/3 pound Spanish cooking chorizo, thinly sliced
1 Spanish onion, cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 Roma tomatoes, cored and diced
1/4 cup soft sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1-2 Danvers carrots, oblique-cut
1-2 celery stalks, bias-cut
1-2 green garlic bulbs & tops, thinly sliced
1 cup kale, rinsed, ribbed and cut into chiffonade
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1 teaspoon fennel pollen (optional)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili
1 teaspoon dried wild mountain oregano
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 cup Arroz bomba de Calasparra or other good paella rice
sea salt

Sauté carrots in olive oil until about 2/3 done.  Add sausage, celery, onions, fennel seed and rice and stir to coat. Sauté until onions are opaque, about 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and chicken stock and simmer 15 minutes.  Add green garlic, kale, chili and oregano and simmer until rice done, about 15 minutes.  Season to taste with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, then ladle into bowls and drizzle with a little olive oil. Finish with a sprinkle of fennel pollen.

This recipe can be easily adapted for a vegetarian diet by substituting vegetable stock and eliminating the chorizo.

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