[Photographs: Yasmin Fahr]

It's shocking how easy and fast it is to make this rustic and hearty soup. Seriously, ask my sister. Even she said, "wow, that really took you no time at all." In addition to being quick to make, the soup is packed with kale and white beans for a healthy winter meal.

I used chicken sausage because it's lighter, but feel free to use Italian sausage or drizzle good quality extra-virgin olive oil at the end if you'd like a little more fat in the dish. And since I like my food on the spicy side, I added jalapeno but feel free to leave that out or add some red chile flakes for a more subtle heat. The soup has a somewhat thick consistency because the beans are mashed with a potato masher, so it's a great idea to serve it with some thick country bread to sop up the juices at the bottom of the bowl.

About the Author: Yasmin Fahr is a food lover, writer, and cook. Follow her @yasminfahr for more updates on her eating adventures and discoveries, which will most likely include tomatoes. And probably feta. Happy eating!

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