Winter Country Soup Recipe
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Winter Country Soup Recipe

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My soup will warm your family up on the chilliest of winter nights! Featuring smoked sausage, beans and other vegetables, it's a hearty way to start a meal or a satisfying lunch all by itself! —Jeannette Sabo, Lexington Park, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 258 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 1067mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the sausage, red pepper and shallots in butter until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add kale; cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until kale is wilted. Stir in the broth, corn, beans, cayenne and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Return to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook 8-10 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Winter Country Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p51

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rgriffin209 User ID: 1907566 254489
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"I was amazed at how much I liked this soup! I am more of a cream soup kind of person, but I needed a gluten and dairy-free recipe (I used rice instead of orzo), and this was delicious! It has such great flavor and I was sure I would need to add salt, but it doesn't need any! I will be keeping this recipe on hand! Thanks you for sharing this Jeanette!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 243379
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"This was ok. My first time cooking with kale. I felt like the soup needed some other seasoning than cayenne."

JimKrieger User ID: 8761346 243256
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"Very Good!"

LBurkey User ID: 3719865 241860
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"We enjoyed this soup. I only used 4 cups of kale, as I'm not a huge kale fan, and I'm glad I did. It seemed just right."

kiarayeatman User ID: 8682938 241173
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"great flavor! love this soup!"

eadavis59 User ID: 6507905 240297
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"This soup is very good. I will make it again"

shill_ud User ID: 7490685 213226
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"A really hearty soup with wonderful flavor. Will absolutely make this again."

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