“Creamy” Paleo Tomato Soup with Sausage and Kale
*A note on canned coconut milk: many varieties contain guar gum, which is NOT Paleo. Be sure to read your labels if you are holding to the strict Paleo diet as it can be difficult to find a coconut milk without guar gum. I haven’t let this affect my usage of the ingredient, however it also means that I am not 100% truly Paleo.
Prepare your tomatoes by coring and slicing a superficial “x” through the bottom of the tomato. Steam your tomatoes for about 3-4 minutes, X-side up. Remove from the steam batch when the skin around the cut begins to peel back from the meat and immediately place in an ice bath. This will help to not only stop the cooking, but begin to further separate the skin from the tomatoes further. The goal is to peel and discard the skin. Slice tomatoes into quarters and remove and discard the seeds. You can retain much of the tomato juice by running them over a sieve set over a bowl. Finally, rough chop the tomatoes and set aside.
Sauté onion and garlic until translucent add the rough chop tomatoes and basil and cook 2-3 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, chicken stock, paprika and oregano and bring to a simmer for 30-miutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-minutes. Using an immersion blender, or a standard blender in batches, puree soup until it is smooth. Add ½ cup of coconut milk and incorporate. Return to heat.
While soup is cooking, brown sausage and drain any excess grease (note: I’m all for keeping a portion of the fat, however, if there is an excessive amount of fat to the point where it could make the soup greasy, feel free to remove and discard). Add the sausage and rough chop kale to the soup after it has been pureed and returned to the stove. Add salt and pepper to taste at this point. I prefer a rough cracked pepper to add an additional layer of bit and depth of flavor. I added an additional garnish of chiffonade of basil prior to serving.
What warms you up during a storm? Do you have a favorite soup to eat during bad weather? Do you have to hide your veggies too with your littles?