Angelo and the Slow Cooker: A Series

Soup and homework: aka my Fall aesthetic.

Soup and homework: aka my Fall aesthetic.

Now that I'm in grad school full time, Angelo has adopted the responsibility of making dinner on weeknights. This process includes me texting him links from Pinterest in the morning, asking him to sign up for Pinterest, him refusing to sign up for Pinterest and then starting up dinner when he gets home from work. I do homework while he cooks – we eat together – I do more homework – he plays video games – we reconvene at a designated time to fall asleep while watching crime shows.

I've been pushing more and more slow cooker recipes on the guy, mainly because slow cooker recipes involve a lot of soups (my one true love) and because Angelo doesn't go to work until around 10 during the week – so he has time to prep, set and forget. Plus, everyone knows there's nothing more relaxing than coming home after a long day at work and having your whole house smell like delicious dinner. It's a win/win/win!

In honor of Angelo's new relationship with the slow cooker, here's an easy weeknight recipe that anyone could make – even if your wife isn't in graduate school full time. It's totally budget friendly too – sausages and kale don't exactly break the bank! (Yes, that's right, kale in the slow cooker.. Sorta.)

Slow Cooker Sausage, Kale & Potato Soup

Servings: 4

Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

·        1 lb hot Italian Sausage

·        2 large potatoes, diced

·        1 medium onion, diced

·        2 cloves garlic, minced

·        32 oz chicken stock

·        ½ bunch kale – destemmed and torn into bite sized pieces

·        1 cup heavy cream

·        2 tbsp flour

·        Salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

It's so simple: Just brown the sausage in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Then just add the mixture of garlic and sausage to the slow cooker (after you drain the grease from the pan!) Add the potatoes and onions, then cover the whole thing with chicken broth. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Before serving, just whisk together the heavy cream and flour, pour the mix into the slow cooker and cook on high for an additional 30 minutes. Season and serve!

You could totally make this a veggie friendly recipe too - by subbing in some Morningstar veggie sausages and vegetable stock. 

Told you it was easy! So go ahead – impress your friends or significant others with an awesome dinner. They'll never know it only took you ten minutes to make!