Cold weather calls for soups, and this simple, hearty, smokey soup does just the trick: root vegetables get simmered and pureed with an intoxicating blend of savory spices and then beefed up with chunks of smoked sausage and curly green kale. The perfect meal after a long day full of winter chores, hopefully next to a fireplace.
Thanks to Jill T. for sending in the inspiration for this recipe from Eating Well. The pairing of sausage and sauerkraut is common in German and Polish cuisine, and the sweet softened apples add a delicious pop of flavor.
We stuffed these small calzones with some sausage and spinach, but this could be a fun "build-your-own" dinner with the family. Other great fillings: cooked squash, broccoli, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta, or really anything you like.