||Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion, carrot, celery, red pepper, garlic and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables start to soften and sausage is golden brown.
||Pour in the broth and add the bay leaf; bring to a boil. Add the orzo and kale. Reduce the heat to medium; simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the orzo is al dente and vegetables are tender. Stir in the parsley, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Substitute baby shells or alphabet pasta for the orzo.
||Serve the soup with crusty bread for a satisfying supper.
||Prepare a double batch and freeze half to have on hand for busy weeknights.