Roasted Vegetable Kale Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 carrots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
2 large tomatoes, quartered
1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 small butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick wedges
1 Yukon Gold potatoes
6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 (4 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 (4 ounce) links hot Italian sausage, casings removed
6 1/4 cups vegetable broth, or more if needed
4 cups finely chopped kale leaves
3 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush a jelly roll pan with a thin coat of olive oil.
2 Arrange carrots, tomatoes, onion, squash, potatoes, and garlic on the prepared pan. Drizzle remaining olive oil over the vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Turn the vegetables with a spoon to help coat evenly with the oil.
3 Roast in preheated oven until browned and tender, turning occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes. Set vegetables aside.
4 While the vegetables roast, place a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble sweet Italian sausage and hot Italian sausage into the skillet. Pour 1/4 cup vegetable broth over the sausage. Cook, breaking the sausage apart with a spoon as it cooks, until the sausage is cooked through and no longer pink, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
5 Cut squash and carrots into 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.
6 Peel garlic cloves; place in a blender with roasted tomatoes and onion and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a large pot.
7 Pour 1/2 cup broth onto the jelly roll pan. Scrape any browned bits from the surface of the pan with a wooden spoon or spatula; pour broth and browned bits into the pot with the blended tomato mixture.
8 Pour remaining vegetable broth into the pot. Add kale, thyme, and bay leaf to the mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the kale is tender, about 30 minutes. Add sausage, carrots, potatoes, squash, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans to the soup; continue cooking until hot, about 10 minutes. Thin the soup with more vegetable broth as desired. Season with salt and black pepper. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf to serve.