Galician Sausage and Kale Soup (Caldo Gallego)
The damp, cool, foggy weather in Galicia, Spain's verdant northwest corner, has inspired a wonderfully hearty cuisine. Oddly enough -- despite the fact that many Spanish restaurants in the United States are owned by expatriate Gallegos -- the great caldo gallego, one of the world's most satisfying soups, has not become a restaurant staple here. This is starting to change, as more authentic Spanish cooking hits our shores. One taste of this amazing soup, and you'll see why. Serves 6 as a first course or 4 as a main course.