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Italian Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

Italian Sausage Kale Soup Recipe

My mom dehydrates the last pick of tomatoes from her garden each fall—perfect for quick soups like this one. If I don't have time to prepare dry beans, canned beans work just as good. —Lori Terry, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 3-1/4 cups chicken stock (26 ounces)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • 2. Add kale to pot; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic and, if desired, pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 2 minutes longer.
  • 3. Stir in sausage mixture and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes or until kale is tender. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 217 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 868mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 260382
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

"This was pretty good. I'm trying to eat more Kale and this was a good way to eat it."

beaglemombeth User ID: 6650549 254665
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"Made this and loved it! I tweaked it a little to suit my family's preferences. I used canned tomatoes with Italian seasonings, eliminated the sun dried tomatoes & white beans, and added half a box of ditalini pasta and about 2 cups chopped carrots. I also doubled the amount of broth. Really tasty!"

nino49 User ID: 7912913 238621
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"5 star .. made this it was wonderful , i used sweet sausage & a chirzo combination , gave it some slight tang was delisiosso ! my new go to quick soup"

saltybeefnstickyrice User ID: 6742123 236070
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This soup was Deeelicious! Even my picky eater rated it "excellent"! I did use only one lb. of regular Italian sausage as suggested by other reviewers; otherwise, followed the recipe exactly. It was full of flavor! Can't wait to make it again!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 225176
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015 Edited Nov. 2, 2015

"Wow - great light soup. I used mild Italian cooked chicken sausage sliced, onion & garlic powder. Added fresh & dried basil & oregano, also. Grated Parmesan cheese tops it off deliciously! Hubby was hoping for potatoes when I had substituted cooked quinoa. I substituted a fresh tomato immersion blended with chicken broth for the diced. Increased the chicken broth, too."

SJS9 User ID: 4019106 188392
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"This was a waste of ingredients and time. The soup was nearly inedible and the remainder is being dumped. It was tasteless even after I added fresh oregano and smoked paprika. I don't know how anyone could rate this 5 stars.SJS9"

RedRockster User ID: 6767872 121993
Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"This is a very good soup, and so healthy. After reading reviews, I took advice and doubled the broth and cut sausage to 1 lb. Since this is supposed to be Italian, I added a 1/4 cup each of chopped fresh basil and oregano. This is very delicious. I used a combination of hot and mild sausage. It liked it but it was too hot for my wife. So next time, just mild sausage and no pepper flakes. I can always add them to my servings."

dlaskaris User ID: 5850428 194744
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I love warm and thick soups and this was wonderful. I made a vegetarian version by adding turnips and parsnips instead of the sausage and it was just perfect. Delicious and hearty for a belly warmer as the leaves outside are falling. I never really used kale in soup before, so am glad I found this recipe."

al2476 User ID: 1433830 123617
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"Hearty soup, easy to prepare."

lizzitish User ID: 1974656 197310
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"This was wonderful soup; however, 26 oz. of chicken stock was not enough. I'm thinking that is an error. I doubled the chicken broth. I did used canned broth, not stock and the soup was very delicious. My lunchers all asked for the recipe! Confession: I used regular sweet Italian Sausage!"

C-cindy User ID: 6550669 138335
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Too many ingredients that weren't on hand"

ragdog User ID: 965003 152205
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"This is definitely our favorite soup. I freeze it in Ziploc bags. I used one pound of Italian sausage, doubled the red pepper flakes, used two cans of diced tomatoes and added a cup of whole kernel corn."

holdosh01 User ID: 5945480 182187
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"Used 1 lb of pork sausage and added extra chicken broth. My family likes soup soupier! Everyone loved it!"

dfausnacht User ID: 1896828 194739
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

"I made it with one pound sausage instead of one and a half, and there was still plenty of juice in which to cook the kale. I also used fresh tomatoes, which was a really nice addition."

dfausnacht User ID: 1896828 197304
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2012

"I made it with one pound sausage instead of one and a half, and there was still plenty of juice in which to cook the kale. I also used fresh tomatoes, which was a really nice addition. The pepper flakes added a good kick."

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