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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. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I hate snow too. Probably why I like living in California. :) This soup is stunning! Pinned!

    • Lisa says

      Oh, Dorothy. Don’t rub your California living ways in my face. : )

      Thanks for pinning!!

  2. Amy of While Wearing Heels says

    That looks DELICIOUS. I too, am not a fan of snow. It’s hard, having kids…it seems a natural love for them. Grace is already talking about how she can’t wait to make a snowman and snow angels. It’s going to be a long winter and it hasn’t even started yet.

    Oh…and I totally think you should whip up some of those taggies and list them in Etsy store too!

    • Lisa says

      Thanks Amy!

      When will kids learn that snow is cold and worth avoiding at all cost?? : )

      Are you thinking the shark taggies? Thanks! That’s such a compliment. I’m not sure I have enough confidence in my sewing skills yet.

    • Karen Koutrakos says

      I live in California and last year we got over 100 feet of snow! Love Lake Tahoe!

      • Lisa Longley says

        That’s awesome Karen!

  3. Jessi @ Practically Functional says

    Lol, I get how you feel about snow. I was born and raised in CA, so pretty much everyone I knew felt that way, but somehow I’m the odd duck cuz I LOVE the snow. :-)

    That soup looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  4. Maria says

    Your soup looks wonderful! I love kale, and love using it in different ways! Nothing like a bowl of some delicious soup on a cold night like this!

  5. Michelle's Tasty Creations says

    Yum! This soup looks delicious. I love soup this time of year and can always use more recipes. Thanks for sharing :)
    Michelle

  6. melissa moore says

    This is an amazing recipe. I have a pot simmering rt now. Yum, Yum!

  7. [email protected] says

    One of my favorites, Lisa! I actually think your soup was the first time I ever had kale….can’t wait till soup season again!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I could eat this soup once a week all winter long and not tire of it. So yummy!!

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