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Winter Country Soup Recipe

Winter Country Soup Recipe

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, MD
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:12 servings


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


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute sausage with pepper and shallots until browned.
  • 2. Add kale; cook, covered, until kale is wilted, 2-3 minutes. Stir in all remaining ingredients except orzo; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
  • 3. Return to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook until pasta is tender, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

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

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ferryal User ID: 3337544 261820
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"Great soup! Since its so cold in Upstate, decided to make this soup & I must say its awesome. Followed the directions exactly except for replacing the smoked sausage with turkey sausage (health reasons) & omitting the orzo, as I didn't see the need for it. The soup is hearty and loaded with carbs considering the beans & corn. This is a keeper in my recipe box for Winter months. Jeannette, thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us all."

njgigi User ID: 1582281 261453
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017

"Could the high sodium count be from the sausage? I'd prefer to make it without the sausage or maybe add some chicken instead. I am also cooking for one, but this type of soup freezes very well. This sounds very tasty."

qalady01 User ID: 5774249 261444
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017

"Delicious. I'd skip the orzo because I have to freeze part of it because I'm only cooking for 1 person. The orzo disintegrated in to what looked like cracker bits. I prefer kale to spinach because it holds up better and I grow it in my garden. I used jalapeno chicken sausage and salt free broth."

04182010 User ID: 8907736 261419
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2017

"1067 mg salt in a 1 cup serving?!!!!!! You have got to be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Nana9a User ID: 8591372 261132
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"My husband loved this. I shared with some friends and they asked for recipe. I didn't have kale so used spinach. Very good. Will make again."

grandmascooking22 User ID: 5357761 260174
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

"Great winter 'warmer'...I cut the shallots down to 1....I felt 8 was way too many!"

nanwood User ID: 2351123 260045
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"This an awesome soup! i use spinach instead of kale, and I love it!"

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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