Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

Lauren Keating | Healthy Delicious Updated

Sausage and Kale Soup is an easy and nourishing make ahead meal. Make on Sunday and enjoy all week long!

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This sausage and kale soup focuses on the flavors of the new world: chicken (or turkey) sausage, kale, quinoa, and sweet potato. On their own, the ingredients might not sound like anything special, but together they create a symphony of flavor that result in one of the most delicious and satisfying soups around.

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When it comes to creating new recipes and playing with flavor combinations, I like to follow the motto “if it grows together, it goes together.” I can’t remember the first place I heard it, but it works! Ingredients grown in similar climates tend to pair together beautifully and one item in common can often act as a bridge between two ingredients that wouldn’t typically go together. In this recipe, the sausage serves as a bridge to tie the kale, quinoa, and sweet potato together with white beans and Italian herbs.

Sausage and Kale Soup Image

Since this soup is so hearty – and since it gets better after a night in the refrigerator – I love to make a big pot of it on Sunday afternoon and enjoy it for lunch all week long. It’s also a great make-ahead meal to tackle a busy weeknight with ease. As it sits the soup gets thicker and thicker – by the end of the week it’s almost more like a stew – but the flavor only seems to get better.

Since the components of this sausage and kale soup and so simple, you’ll want to use the best quality ingredients that you can. If you have homemade chicken stock on hand, now’s the time to pull it out!

Serve this sausage and kale soup with pretzel bread or Texas roadhouse rolls for a simple but satisfying meal. 

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Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

    8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces Mild Italian Chicken Sausage, Or mild Italian turkey sausage, crumbled
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Carrots, Peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 8 cups Chicken Stock, Preferably homemade
  • 1 Sweet Potato, Peeled and diced
  • 1 bunch Kale, Chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can White Beans, Rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa, Rinsed
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese, For serving, optional

Directions

  1. Brown the sausage in a large soup pot set over medium heat. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon, leaving any grease behind. Add the onion and garlic and cook 2 minutes, or until soft. Add the carrot and celery and cook 5 minutes. Stir in the Italian seasoning.
  2. Pour in the chicken stock. Add the diced sweet potato and the browned sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the kale, white beans, and quinoa. Simmer another 20 minutes, or until the quinoa and sweet potato are cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve topped with parmesan cheese, if desired. 

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Author: Lauren Keating
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 33
Calories 222

% Daily Value*
6%
Total Fat 4g
0%
  Saturated Fat 0g
57%
Sodium 1376mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate 25g
6%
  Dietary Fiber 5g
  Sugars 1g
30%
Protein 15g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lauren Keating

About Lauren

Lauren is all about eating lots of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, whole grains. She blogs by the mantra, "If it's not delicious, it's not worth eating," over on Healthy. Delicious., and we couldn't agree more! We're so glad she's our Soups Fanatic!