What can't this baby do?
My Le Creuset pot is amazing. Especially when winter rolls in and I suddenly feel the urge to braise, stew, and make soup. Those are the definitive modi operandi of good ol' blue here. So, in the spirit of Le Creuset appreciation, and because delicious autumn weather is now upon us, here's a warm and cozy recipe, introduced to me by my childhood babysitter, Célia, who has returned to her homeland, where she and this soup were born: Portugal.
Makes about 10 cups
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups water
4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
salt and black pepper
1 lb. Portuguese linguiça
2 cans kidney beans
4 cups shredded kale, chard, or collard leaves, washed and dried
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until tender but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute or so. Stir in the water, potatoes, and some salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and either use an immersion blender to puree the potatoes into the soup, or transfer carefully, working in batches, to a blender to puree. Return the soup to the pot.
In a skillet heat the remaining tablespoon of oil and brown the sausage. Once fully cooked, remove to a board, cool, and thinly slice. Pour 1 cup of the soup into the skillet and scrape up the browned bits, then return the liquid and browned bits to the soup. Add the sliced sausage to the soup.
Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in the kale or other greens and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and serve.