Meal Under $10 - Spicy Sausage & Kale Stew


1 pound hot Italian sausage links, casings removed and broken into pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles (you can use plain diced tomatoes if you prefer)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup water
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 large russet potatoes (about 1 pound)
1 small bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves torn (about 7 cups)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for serving if desired


Combine the sausage, onion, tomatoes, and their juices, tomato paste, garlic, water, and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a 4- to 6- quart slow cooker. Nestle the potatoes in the liquid and top with the kale.

Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Transfer the potatoes to a medium bowl. Add the milk, olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper to the bowl and mash.

Serve the stew topped with the mashed potatoes. Drizzle with more olive oil and add garnish if desired.