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Sausage Kale Soup

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 (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound uncooked Italian sausage 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cut sausages in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-in. slices. Add kale, cream and sausage to soup; heat through (do not boil).
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 192 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 512mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • recipehound54
    Apr 5, 2018

    Sweet heavens! I would give this ten stars if I could. I used ingredients as listed with the only change being to remove the Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausages from their casings and brown the meat separately while other ingredients were simmering. Low calorie, reasonable sodium content without being bland, super-low carbs that are perfect for my diabetic husband to have a second helping without overdoing the carbs. We’re not kale fans but it was delicious prepared this way. Only one complaint: it tastes so good that we found that there’s no way it will serve 8; guests will want seconds! :)

  • mother of 3
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Mar 3, 2014

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

  • bwenger
    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
    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!