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Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

This is my family’s absolute favorite soup, and I can have it on the table in 30 minutes. I usually double the recipe, as the flavors blend and make the soup even better the next day.—Dawn Rohn, Riverton, Wyoming
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:15 servings


  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 medium Yukon Gold or red potatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch kale, trimmed and torn
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth


  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium-low heat, cook the sausage, potatoes and onions in oil for 5 minutes or until sausage is heated through, stirring occasionally. Add kale; cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until kale is wilted. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 9-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 187 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 706mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein .

Reviews for Sausage and Kale Soup

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"We found this recipe to be a complete meal and what a nice way to use kale! I am not a kale fan but am trying to find ways to include it in any recipe I can because it's so healthy. This is it. I've made this a few times now and each time I use a different meat. They're all wonderful."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"This was so good! I made a Niman Ranch kielbasa version for my husband and me, and a vegan version using Sprouts vegetable broth and extra red potato and kale for our daughter. Both were terrific. The soup was our entire meal. For the meat version, as usual I used homemade stock, which is so easy and so worth it. My slight variations based on ingredients on hand were to use a bunch of green onion plus a medium red onion. I also added half of a red bell pepper and extra mushrooms. I also started the potatoes in the microwave and finished them by sauteing for much longer than mentioned in the recipe. The result was earthy and delicious. Highly recommend!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2015

"My family and I love this soup. I have made it a multiple times. Every time I make it I exclude the potatoes (personal preference). Otherwise I have followed the ingredients fairly close (once using italian sausage and another time I used frozen green beans as substitutes as that was what I had on hand). All of which turned out wonderful!"

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"Substitute tomatos with chile rotel...its delicious"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Im not a soup person, so for me to give this 5 stars is really saying something. I did cook dried garbanzos, but as I did them in a pressure cooker (no pre-soaking) it took 20 minutes with a quick cool. I also used Johnsonville smokes sausage brots, and I used home canned tomatoes. I wish the recipe had the nutritional facts below it, but as I use mostly all home grown ingredients (not the sausage) I have a bit of control as to what goes in it. Ive made this a couple times now and will be making again a few times before spring hits. its a real tasty quick warm me up soup. I will be on the lookout for a meat with a less fat content to use, and then make up for the loss in flavor from the sausage with spices."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Great recipe! I am delighted how well this turned out. Thank you for a great recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Outstanding! Highly recommend. My husband and I love how quick and easy this recipe is!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"great recipe! I did use both kale and escarole, organic beef stock, and a bag of frozen veggies-used frozen squash instead of potato- added organic chicken sauasage with spinach-healthy and yummy!"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Loved this recipe. I usually make my own chicken stock because I like to control the sodium content but I used store bought. I also used white beans and fully cooked bratwurst. This was excellent, everyone loved it. I sauteed the garlic and onion for 5 minutes with the EVOO then I added potatoes and bratwurst and let it go for about 5 minutes. Then I added the kale for about 2 minutes and then dumped everything else in at once. Quick, easy and delicious"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"The soup turned out awesome. I accidently used diced tomatoes with chili peppers and I used a hot sausage in the recipe. Gave it a bit of an extra kick. Yum. Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"Great recipe! My only modification has been to use turkey kielbasa....due to dietary considerations. After a couple disastrous tries, I found a pretty good turkey kielbasa....made by Butterball. Their website will tell you who in your area carries it."

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2014

"My family really liked this recipe and I have added into our regular rotation. This soup is flavorful and hearty!"

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I used Chorizo sausage, my husband would never eat kale, and he liked this soup, better than average. I really liked it."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Very good soup...nice for these cold days ...added one sliced carrot for color and a little extra nutrition....definitely a keeper....also used frozen kale and kidney beans...other than that used ex act recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"I made this recipe for a potluck at work, I used anduoille sausage and kidney beans instead, everyone at work loved this soup and asked for the recipe. It was so flavorful and hearty. I will definitely be making this again very soon!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Very good! Used a pint of my own canned tomatoes and 1 large onion. And great northern beans, like other reviewers. This will be my go-to kale recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"wonderful soup! I have made this several times and my family always looks forward to it! Fast to prepare too which is a plus."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"This is a delicious soup that has quickly become our families go to quick dinner. Substituted Great Northern Beans for the garbanzo/chickpeas and low-fat chicken sausage to save on the calories from traditional kielbasa. Yum-O! You won't be disappointed."

Tabitha H
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I used a slightly spicy New Orleans Andouille sausage which gave the soup a little kick. I also only used one medium onion instead of two. Very delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"This was sort of a new style of food for us. I made it because I had some kale on hand. I did leave out the bay leaves. We liked it and I will probably make it again. Two words of wisdom: don't skimp on the sausage and don't simmer too long. I simmered mine at the end for a bit longer than the recipe called for (not much, maybe 20 min more) and was disappointed to find the flavors to be noticeably blander than when I had tasted it immediately after combining all the ingredients."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Excellent soup! I used light smoked kielbasa. The potato kale sausage soup that appeared in Light & Tasty (now healthy Cooking) is pretty much this same recipe (using lite kielbasa) if you want an idea on calories,etc. Easy to put together. Try won't be disappointed!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"This soup had such great flavor. The bay leaves really bring a nice comforting flavor to the soup. Thanks!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Very good soup. Flavorful! Never would have thought to use kale in a soup. We used diced tomatoes with basil and oregano. Great will make again"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"I am writing after making this soup 3 times. The soup flavoring is wonderful and the different textures combined make this soup the favorite of my family. We double the recipe and freeze the remainder in small containers so it's a "Soup on Call" BEST EVER!!"

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