This one comes from my dear friend Jen, mom to Henry. Henry is 11 days older than Scotty and they are buddies. It's so cute to watch them play together - lots of cars, "chase," and the occasional round of Grecco-Toddler wrestling. They keep themselves occupied while Jen and I swap recipes.
So without further adeiu...Monday Night Football Soup. It's healthier than you think, but is hearty enough for the big game.
Monday Night Football Soup
1 onion, diced
5 links of Italian sausage
2 cloves of garlic, minced
large bunch of kale, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1 28oz can of stewed tomatoes
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cannelli beans, rinsed
touch of parsley
2 cups whole wheat macaroni noodles, uncooked
Saute onions with olive oil in a large pan until translucent. Remove the casing off of the sausage (trust me, it's much easier this way) and crumble with onions. Add garlic when it's almost completely cooked (garlic burns easily, and no one like burnt garlic). Drain fat. Add kale leaves and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the kale is bright green. (it will be very pretty). Dump entire mixture into your crock-pot, along with the tomatoes, chicken broth, and beans. Toss in spices and give it a quick stir. Cook it on low for 8 hours, and throw the macaroni noodles (or whatever pasta you prefer - I'm a fan of mini ditali, but we were out) in the last hour of cooking. Serve with bread or crackers, and enjoy!