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posted: 11/03/12

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Warm Sausage & Kale Soup that is delicious, healthy, and perfect for a rainy day or any day.
A bowl of Warm Sausage and Kale Soup which has sausage pieces, elbow pasta, and kale with a side of bread

I hate snow.

No. I mean, I really hate snow.

I know so many people who stand back in awe at the first snowfall of the season. And I, who am normally so able to be wonderstruck by the beauty in nature see the first snow fall as . . . . well, as Mother Nature giving me the finger.

I’m not the only one either.

My roommate sophomore year in college told me at about 8 a.m. on the morning of the first snowfall, “If you see some puke on the sidewalk when you head out, that was me.” I get it. Snow makes some people sick.

A bowl of Warm Sausage and Kale Soup which has sausage pieces, elbow pasta, and kale with a side of bread

The maybe one redeeming quality of snow is coming in from it. {Does that even count as a redeeming quality??}  You whip up something warm and tasty and let it heat you up from the inside out.

One of my favorite things to warm up with is food. Really any warm comforting food. But I especially like a delicious soup.

When I started cooking, I was super intimated to make soups. I don’t even know why. They are the perfect thing to make when you are starting to learn. They are kind of hard to mess up, and you can throw lots of delicious things together to make something even more delicious!

A bowl of Warm Sausage and Kale Soup which has sausage pieces, elbow pasta, and kale with a side of bread

This was a Rachael Ray recipe to being with, but I tweaked it a little bit to make it a touch more flavorful and a ton easier {I really almost wrote “more easier”}. Also, I really like making it with gluten free brown rice noodles, so it can also work wonderfully as a gluten free meal.

It is hearty, healthy, filling, and warms you to the core.

The first time I made it was for my “book” club (read: my friends and I sitting around drinking wine and pretending we are in Cancun on vacation without a care in the world). It was a big hit, and since then it has become a winter staple in my house.

So maybe this soup can count as another redeeming quality of winter and snow.

But don’t get any crazy ideas, Snow. As delicious as this soup is, as much as I love a good hot toddy, as delightful as Christmas is, you and I are not friends.

A bowl of Warm Sausage and Kale Soup which has sausage pieces, elbow pasta, and kale with a side of bread


Warm Sausage & Kale Soup

  • 1.22 lb. package of Jennie-o Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like things spicy)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz package of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, stems removed, and ripped up
  • 1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup noodles (I use elbow or penne)
  • 15 oz can Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  1. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat, spray with olive oil, and cook sausage until no longer pink, between five and seven minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. 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.
  3. Toss in the kale, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook until the kale is wilted, about five minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, and bring it to a boil. Then add the noodles and cook about a minute shy of the package directions.
  5. Toss in the beans, and stir in until they heat through.
  6. Serve with crusty bread and let it heat you up until you forget that its a wasteland of white out there.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Vickie Laubner says

    I do not understand why there is a need to use 25 pieces of paper to get a copy of your recipe! PLEASE make it possible to have a great recipe without breaking the bank and killing so many trees!!! Love the food. HATE the format. Give me a break! We are retired and want to be healthy. I look for good stuff but do not want the retirement $$$ to go to Office Depot!!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Vickie, my apologies. This is an older recipe, I have three little kids, so I haven’t had the time to go back and reformat all of my over 500 posts. What you could do with some of these older posts is simply copy the recipe and paste it into a word document. It will take you less than a minute and save you tons of paper. Hope you have a great day. Happy New Year!

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