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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," promises Nancy Dyer of Grove, Oklahoma. "The spicier the seasoning in the sausage, the better the soup."
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 Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links links
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 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 serving (1 cup) equals 192 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 512 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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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."

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."

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!"

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"

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!"

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