I just got the Real Simple “easy, delicious meals” cookbook and this stew was my first recipe to try out. Andrew and I are both big fans! I used regular hot Italian sausage, and spinach instead of kale. I added a can of drained and rinsed red kidney beans to add protein. The recipe made 4 Balducci size servings. It was super easy and fast! Let me know if you try it out!