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Sausage and Kale Soup

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posted: 03/04/15

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This Sausage and Kale Soup is a family favorite! Packed with protein and veggies, this one pot wonder is done in under 30 minutes and loved by even my picky eaters!white bowl of sausage and kale soup

This Sausage and Kale Soup is hearty and filling and definitely a family favorite. We eat it at least a couple of times a month. When I made this batch and told Gavin it was what we were having for dinner, I got a fist pump. My kids love the sweet sausage, the noodles, the beans, the warm broth, the hearty beans and mushrooms. There’s really something for everyone in this delicious soup. Serve it alongside this Three Ingredient Beer Bread for a filling supper any night of the week.

Do you have a go-to comfort dinner? I would love to hear your ideas! Please comment below and let’s swap supper recipes. Meanwhile, I can’t wait for you to try this yummy soup. It’s a delightful dinner!

whit bowl of sausage and kale soup


This Sausage and Kale Soup is very forgiving and versatile. I’ve made it all sorts of ways, left out ingredients, added others and it always gets gobbled up. And the leftovers are so yummy!

  • If you don’t have kale on hand, feel free to swap it out for baby spinach.
  • Instead of a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes opt for just a pinch or leave them out entirely if you have kids who aren’t fans of lots of spice. Besides, you can always add a sprinkle to your own soup bowl later on.
  • Not a fan of mushrooms? Leave ’em out or just chop them up into smaller pieces. The kids will never even notice they’re in there.
  • Penne pasta noodles are yummy in this soup, however you can certainly add any shape of pasta you like. Macaroni, bowtie, gluten free, tortellini, ziti, whole wheat pasta, absolutely any kind will do.
  • We love to use Northern Beans which are buttery, tender and super flavorful. **tip** If you need to substitute beans, just don’t use kidney beans because that’s the only time this soup revolted against us. HAHA!
  • For more bulk, add extra veggies! More mushrooms, celery, diced green peppers, diced carrots, tomatoes, just about anything in your fridge can be chopped up and added to this soup recipe.
  • For an even heartier soup, chop up some red or russet potatoes and add in. They’re so delicious!

bowl of sausage and kale soup in a white bowl and spoon


This soup makes for the most delicious leftovers! It’ll stay nice and fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days. However, if you plan to freeze this soup I suggest this method:

  • First, make the soup with everything except the pasta.
  • Next, freeze the soup sans noodles for up to two months.
  • Then when you thaw it out, you can add the pasta while cooking and it’ll taste delicious. Pasta noodles that are frozen and reheated tend to turn mushy. Nobody has time for mushy noodles!

This Sausage and Kale Soup is a family favorite that we eat a few times a month. Packed with protein and veggies, this one pot wonder is done in under 30 minutes and loved by even my picky eaters!


If you’re in need of more simple, savory soups to wow your family, try some of these absolutely scrumptious recipes:

You’re going to love this gorgeous, healthy and flavorful soup! Serve with some toasty bread or a side salad and you’ll have a delicious meal ready in no time. I urge you to comment below with your thoughts on this recipe and any others; I love hearing from you. Most importantly I can’t wait for you to try this soup; enjoy!

4.67 from 3 votes

Sausage and Kale Soup

Serves: 9 cups
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
This Sausage and Kale Soup is a family favorite! Packed with protein and veggies, this one pot wonder is done in under 30 minutes and loved by even my picky eaters!


  • 1 lb. package Italian Turkey Sausage casings removed (or regular Italian Sausage)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 oz package of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 cups chopped kale large stems removed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup penne noodles
  • 15 oz can Northern Beans drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, spray with olive oil, and cook sausage until no longer pink, between five and seven minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, and mushrooms, breaking up the mushrooms as you add them. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft, about five minutes.
  • Toss in the kale and cook until the kale is bright green, about three minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, and bring it to a boil. Then add the noodles and cook about a minute shy of the package directions.
  • Toss in the beans, and stir in until they heat through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serving: 1cup Calories: 348kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) Protein: 30g (60%) Fat: 10g (15%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Cholesterol: 72mg (24%) Sodium: 1032mg (45%) Potassium: 218mg (6%) Fiber: 27g (113%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin C: 3mg (4%) Calcium: 5mg (1%) Iron: 14mg (78%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian

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  1. Julie is HostessAtHeart says

    This looks delicious to me! I love seeing before pictures. I am trying to better my photo skills.

  2. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says

    Gosh I want a comforting bowl of this tonight for dinner. I love the flavors of this. Pinned.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  3. Annie @Maebells says

    I took piano lessons for years and years growing up. I HATED it, I mean passionately hated it. But my parents made me go and I am kind of glad they did now. I still don’t like the piano and never play, but I think I learned to have an appreciation and respect for things that I wasn’t interested in through it. Like I may not want to play the piano but I can admire the hard work those who do put into it. Was that like way too deep for a blog comment?! hahaha! Regardless of how i feel about music lessons, I LOVE the looks of this soup! Simply delicious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hahahaha! Not too deep at all. I actually really appreciate the adult perspective. I’m glad to have a kid who has so many things come easily for him, but seriously. He needs to be able to experience humility too. :) Too deep of a response?

  4. Michael says

    This recipe looks delicious! A great base for anyone to add or remove ingredients to suit their tastes. Though I personally love it the way you’ve prepared it.

    Seems like someone saw the finale of Park and Rec last week… “compact little Italian body.” :P

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hahaha! You caught me Michael!

  5. Thao @ In Good Flavor says

    I saw this at Weekend Potluck and waned to stop by to say the soup looks delicious. I have been on a sausage kick lately and this soup caught my attention.

  6. Theresa Moniz says

    Looks good

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Theresa!

  7. danielle clarke says

    I make this soup quite often as well, and you are right about the kidney beans! I usually make it with spinach instead of kale, and I always make it with cheese tortellini! served with fresh homemade whole wheat buns… SO yummy and so easy!!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      This sounds amazing with cheese tortellini! I will have to try that!

  8. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons says

    How did you know I’ve been craving kale [um yes seriously] – this soup looks AMAZING Lisa! Thanks for the link love too!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Lol, Jenn! It’s one of our favorites!

  9. Chris says

    I made this soup over the weekend and was excited to try it. I love all the ingredients, and followed the recipe. I didn’t think the flavors (especially the mushrooms) went together well at all. The mushrooms to me tasted way to strong for the blandness of the other ingredients. I doubt I will even try it again with adjustments. Terribly disappointed, especially after reading the other reviews. The turkey sausage is so flavorless that the baby bella mushrooms walk all over it. Just not a great recipe. Sorry.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t like it, Chris. This is a recipe that I have made for my family countless times and for guests and it always gets rave reviews, so I’m not really sure what happened. Did you happen to use just plain ground turkey or Sweet Italian ground turkey? If you used plain ground turkey, then for sure it wouldn’t work. Again, I’m really sorry you didn’t like it, though this is a recipe that I really love and stand by.

  10. Shelbie says

    How many servings does this recipe make?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would say four dinner servings, or 6 to 8 side servings

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