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
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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 equals 258 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 1067 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g 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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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

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

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"Very Good!"

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."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"great flavor! love this soup!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

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

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