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Italian Sausage Kale Soup Recipe
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Italian Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

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My mom dehydrates the last pick of tomatoes from her garden each fall—perfect for quick soups like this one. If I don't have time to prepare dry beans, canned beans work just as good. —Lori Terry, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 3-1/4 cups chicken stock (26 ounces)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 217 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 868 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add kale to pot; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic and, if desired, pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 2 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in sausage mixture and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until kale is tender. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Sausage Kale Soup in Healthy Cooking August/September 2012, p50

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 217 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 868 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This soup was Deeelicious! Even my picky eater rated it "excellent"! I did use only one lb. of regular Italian sausage as suggested by other reviewers; otherwise, followed the recipe exactly. It was full of flavor! Can't wait to make it again!"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015 Edited Nov. 2, 2015

"Wow - great light soup. I used mild Italian cooked chicken sausage sliced, onion & garlic powder. Added fresh & dried basil & oregano, also. Grated Parmesan cheese tops it off deliciously! Hubby was hoping for potatoes when I had substituted cooked quinoa. I substituted a fresh tomato immersion blended with chicken broth for the diced. Increased the chicken broth, too."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"This was a waste of ingredients and time. The soup was nearly inedible and the remainder is being dumped. It was tasteless even after I added fresh oregano and smoked paprika. I don't know how anyone could rate this 5 stars.SJS9"

Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"This is a very good soup, and so healthy. After reading reviews, I took advice and doubled the broth and cut sausage to 1 lb. Since this is supposed to be Italian, I added a 1/4 cup each of chopped fresh basil and oregano. This is very delicious. I used a combination of hot and mild sausage. It liked it but it was too hot for my wife. So next time, just mild sausage and no pepper flakes. I can always add them to my servings."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I love warm and thick soups and this was wonderful. I made a vegetarian version by adding turnips and parsnips instead of the sausage and it was just perfect. Delicious and hearty for a belly warmer as the leaves outside are falling. I never really used kale in soup before, so am glad I found this recipe."

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