Sausage Kale Soup Recipe
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Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

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This zesty Italian soup is sure to become a favorite with your guests—just as it has with mine. The spicier the seasoning in the sausage, the better the soup. —Nancy Dyer, Grover, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound uncooked Italian sausage links
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strip, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 cups thinly sliced fresh kale
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 192 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 512mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place the sausages in a ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; pierce casings. Bake 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked. Drain; set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute onion and bacon 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Add water, broth and potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Cut sausages in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-in. slices. Add kale, cream and sausage to soup; heat through (do not boil). Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Sausage Kale Soup in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p52

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mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 237970
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"I enjoyed it but DH won't eat it. He doesn't like the Trader Joe's chicken sausage I used. Rats. Substituted 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. onion and garlic powders & skipped the cream & bacon. It's a light soup this way."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 221731
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Delicious! I used a pinch of cayenne pepper and also used hit sausage as that is what I had on hand. In addition I used half and half instead of the whipping cream. It was hearty and both my husband and I had seconds. This a keeper."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 221438
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"I enjoyed this soup. I removed the casing and browned the sausage with bacon drippings, then added the onions, then the garlic and so on.

I'm not a huge fan of the caraway seed in Italian sausage, so I'd be curious how it would be with a different sausage."

lwysewest User ID: 2911079 220560
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I love this soup but modify it for a paleo diet. So I sub sweet potatoes for the white ones in the recipe and use canned coconut milk instead of heavy cream. Often use turkey italian sausage instead of pork. So delicious!"

ladysnakeeyes User ID: 7468065 217389
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"ONE WORD ..... FABULOUS!!! This is a perfect "copycat" recipe of a certain "Italian restaurant" we all know and love :-) I added a dash of white wine while cooking the onions, and used spicy sausage instead of mild, and everyone devoured it quickly! In fact, the kids were even dipping in the pot before I could even serve it! LOL! DEFINITELY double the recipe or you will be disappointed, because I can assure you, you will be looking for seconds!! .. recipe yields about three to four people"

Shannon74 User ID: 5857368 71584
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I love this recipe! I use ground Itallian sausage instead of links and cook it in the dutch oven before the bacon and the onions. Then remove it and add wet ingredients (I use more broth, less water) with the potatoes to cook. Gives it so much flavor! Also I use mild Italian sausage and then add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. The hot sausage was too much for my family. It's a great soup!"

robin knechtel User ID: 5820163 85588
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"Fantastic! easy! Delicious! I doubled the water, broth, and whipping cream. I used gnocchi instead of potatoes."

bwenger User ID: 7653768 32721
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"The flavor of this soup is delicious and then some. My only regret is that I did not double the recipe. This may become our favorite soup."

Zushka User ID: 2119709 85587
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I have been making my own version of this soup for about 8 years now. You can't go wrong with this combination of main ingredients. It is my husband's favorite soup and he requests it all the time. A good way to get the men to eat soup. And yes, I played around trying to duplicate that 'Italian restaurant' favorite also. I do not use any milk at all as the potatoes will add some starchy consistency. You can also slice the potatoes, like the restaurant version. I buy the ground sausage instead of links and just cook on stove top in the soup pot...less dishes to wash. There are never leftovers to freeze in my house!"

ratz129scla User ID: 5118440 49477
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"Looks exactly like the picture and it tastes amazing! I used a little whole milk instead of the heavy cream. And my 18 year old daughter loves it! I would definitely recommend this recipe!"

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