4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 lb ground Italian sausage, I used medium but you could go mild or hot too
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt, or more for taste if you want
1 large sweet potato, cut into (1-inch ish) cubes
10-12 lil smokies, chopped
3 cups kale leaves (no stalk) chopped
6 cups (or 3 pints for you math people) organic chicken stock (I honestly used organic bouillon)
1 pinch red pepper flakes
(edit since original post: I cooked 2 lbs of Italian sausage- one mild & one hot. I also added 4 cups of chicken stock to compensate for the extra meat and I let it simmer all afternoon. I also added a can of black eyed peas at the end just long enough to warm up but not get squishy)
1. In a stock pot cook bacon until crispy, and then add the sausage until browned.
2. To the pot, add onions, garlic, & salt. Cook until the onions are translucent, and then add the chicken stock, sweet potato, & lil smokies.
3. Bring to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer. When the sweet potatoes are tender (about 10 minutes later), add the kale to wilt. Season with sea salt, black pepper, & red pepper flakes.