I made this and my husband said it was one of the best meals I've cooked, my daughter agreed. They really loved it. I didn't use any kale and made a few adjustments. I added a couple of bay leaves, added sliced mushrooms and celery, added parsley, basil, thyme and the biggest change I made was I sauteed some chopped steak then added it to simmer with the soup for more flavor. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it without the meat because it was very hearty, but I know my husband enjoys some type of meat in his soup. Anyway, it was real tasty and I look forward to making this again.
This soup was GREAT! I didn't have kale, so I just skipped it, and I used carnival squash instead of butternut. I'm sure it's great the way the recipe is written, but it's also very adaptable, so bonus points! I think it would also be good with some bacon sprinkled in it, too. I've never liked squash soups, usually they are too sweet for me, but this was just right. Definitely a keeper, a great soup for a chilly, rainy, autumn supper! :)