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Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

The first time I made this colorful soup, our home smelled wonderful. We knew it was a keeper to see us through cold winter days. —Sarah Stombaugh, Chicago, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 6 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 large carrots, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • Add kale, beans, tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, seasonings and stock to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until vegetables are tender. Top each serving with cheese.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Cannellini beans are a fine substitute for great northern beans, so use what you have on hand.
  • Turkey Italian sausage is a great alternative in this recipe, too.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-3/4 cups: 297 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 1105mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 9g fiber), 16g protein.

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    • Dustin
      Oct 13, 2020

      Wonderful. Followed the recipe as written, except we used mild italian sausage and low sodium broth. Loved it. Definitely will make again, routinely.

    • Sarah
      Oct 10, 2020

      I thought this was very delicious as is but I am a fatty and I wanted to give it a little extra. I stirred in about 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream during the last 30 mins and it was amazing. I ate it with some baked bread with butter and cheese. I will be making this again.

    • foodfave
      May 26, 2020

      After tasting this soup at a friends birthday party I was so glad she said it was at Taste of a home. We make it at least once a month and my three kids 7 and under (and husband) all enjoy it too. We use mild Italian sausage, leave out the salt, and I sometimes cook it on the stove, but it always tastes great!

    • Gail
      Jan 27, 2020

      Got this recipe from taste of home magazine several years ago. Love it!

    • jetluvs2cook
      Jan 9, 2020

      This is my second time making this soup! It's delicious and huge hit at our house!!! Bonus points for being easy and simple to make!

    • Henrietta
      Oct 29, 2018

      Love this soup, and so easy! I made it pretty much as the recipe calls for with some adjustments for ingredients on hand. I used chorizo instead of Italian sausage, spinach for half the kale, upped the spice to 1T Italian mixed seasoning and used only one can of beans. Delicious! Beautiful deep red color.

    • ellimaye1
      Oct 28, 2018

      Good but not a favorite.

    • Gramma Amy
      Feb 22, 2018

      Very tasty and hearty soup. To cut down on the spicy zip of hot sausage, I use sweet Italian sausage. And I increased the spices a little: 3 Tbsp minced garlic, 2 tsp oregano, 2 tsp salt, 3/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. I also added about 1 Cup water to the chicken broth and crushed tomato base. The soup was perfect to serve to my father during his chemotherapy. They asked for the recipe! Thick with vegetables, and a yummy broth.

    • robbrd
      Jan 29, 2018

      I made a double batch due to the number of people at our table for dinner. I enjoyed this soup. I can't say it was a hit with the family. Some of the kids weren't overly excited with the kale in it. We ended up freezing a third of it. I'm still giving it a higher rating because it is good recipe. Just noting it wasn't a favorite for the kids so when I make it again, I don't double the recipe. :)

    • MJ6525
      Jan 5, 2018

      Made this tonight in our pressure cooker and we loved it!! I added a can of sliced tomatoes, drained. Only because we love tomatoes. I also used cannellini beans since we had them on hand. Will definitely make this again!