Italian Sausage & Kale Soup Recipe
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Italian Sausage & Kale Soup Recipe

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The first time I made this colorful soup, our home smelled wonderful. We knew it was a keeper to see us through cold winter days. —Sarah Stombaugh, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 6 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 large carrots, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups (calculated without cheese): 297 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 1105mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 9g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Add kale, beans, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, seasonings and stock to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until vegetables are tender. Top each serving with cheese. Yield: 8 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Sausage & Kale Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2016, p76

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annrms User ID: 2649709 259229
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"MY DH made a double batch of this soup. It's a colorful, flavorful and hearty one that we had with slices of smoked Gouda and crackers. Some is in the freezer, but we're looking to enjoy more for lunch in the next few days. Its a perfect winter warmup."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 244811
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"This was the perfect combination of soup, stew, and chili. I only added about have the kale, but it still very prominent in the recipe. The flavors were amazing and everyone loved it-even the kids!"

tfahey User ID: 3769848 243963
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"I must say I was a bit skeptical because it seemed so simple and didn't have a lot of seasonings... It turned out way beyond what I expected--delicious. I followed recipe ingredients exactly but had to start with crockpot on high for the first few hours and then switched to low for another couple hours. This worked great. Lots of flavor and we used Italian blend cheese!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 243817
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"Hearty and delicious! We used cannellini beans instead of great northern and mild instead of hot sausage and it still tasted great. So easy to do in a slow cooker!"

curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 243777
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"Flavorful, easy, and delicious! I really liked how filling it was with the beans and the sausage, and it was also nice to have the added nutrition from the kale."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 243305
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"Great soup!! I didn't want to run to the store to get kale so used fresh spinach which I had on hand. It was really good, but I think next time I'll make an effort to use kale and see how the two versions differ."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 243110
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"Made this for a group of soldiers and it was a great hit! We served with loaves of fresh crusty bread and a big salad, and was a great meal on a cold winter's night. I set out extra red pepper flakes for those who wanted more spice to their bowl. Wonderful for a weeknight meal, since it cooks for so many hours. Will make again for sure."

Dlfnsrgr8t User ID: 6180675 242839
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"Made this today just as written. Wowza!!! Flavors are amazing and perfectly seasoned! Definitely worth sharing. Going into the recipe keepsake box!"

webesmiley User ID: 1150323 242497
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"A fabulous soup recipe! Shared soup with coworkers and family--everyone loved it! Even my hubby, who usually isn't much of a soup fan. Only change I made was I used mild Italian sausage instead of hot. A definite make-again! Thanks for the recipe!"

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