walking in the woods and soup

There's nothing like going for a hike in the woods and then coming home to a steaming bowl of soup.

Our weather has been so beautiful lately. Clear blue skies. More and more signs of autumn. Colors. Smells. Sounds. Crunchy leaves underfoot.

Soup is such a perfect autumn food. You make a big pot of it and can eat for days, having plenty of time for adventuring. Most of the time I like to throw soup together without using much of a recipe, but there is one soup whose recipe I like to follow because it's such a good combination of ingredients. When I created it, I had something very specific in mind, but I couldn't find a recipe that I really liked, so I made my own. It's Matthias' favorite soup and I don't make it very often because it takes a lot of ingredients and a bit of time, but it's very worth it. It's tasty and healthy and a perfect post-hike meal.

Autumn Colors Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 (or more) cloves minced garlic
1/4-1/2 crushed red pepper flakes
2 medium potatoes, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
4 cups broth (I used chicken)
2 cups cooked cannellini beans (I used dried, but canned work fine, too)
1 bunch kale, stemmed and shredded or 1 packaged pre-chopped kale (prepackaged saves a lot of time)
12 oz. turkey keilbasa (or your favorite sausage)
1 large can of tomatoes (with juice) or equivalent chopped fresh tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion till soft, stirring, about 2-3 minutes
  • Add garlic and red pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute
  • Add potatoes and carrots, stir and then add broth
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender
  • Puree soup (broth, potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic) with a hand blender (or use a blender)
  • Add tomatoes and kale to the pureed soup. Simmer about 10 minutes
  • Add beans and sausage and simmer about 5 more minutes, until beans and sausage are hot and kale is completely wilted
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with crusty bread

This soup is even better the next day and it freezes well. Even after being re-heated the kale still has a bit of crunch.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!


  1. Your photos are gorgeous as usual Anne. It is so cold,wet and dismal here at the moment. I could certainly do with a bowl of your cheery soup!

  2. Hi Anne,
    Just stopping by for a visit and enjoying your beautiful photos. That soup looks delicious - I will have to try it!!

  3. Beautiful and inspiring post. Lovely photos and that soup looks so yummy. Big hug to you Anne

  4. Those leaves are gorgeous! Its soup weather around here too.


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