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Italian Sausage Kale Soup

My mom dehydrates the last pick of tomatoes from her garden each fall—perfect for quick soups like this one. When I have time to prepare dried beans, I do—but don't worry if you don't. Canned beans are just as good. —Lori Terry, Chicago, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 3-1/4 cups chicken stock (26 ounces)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 6-8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add kale to pot; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add garlic and, if desired, pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 2 minutes longer.
  • Stir in sausage mixture and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until kale is tender, 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 217 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 868mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Squeaky
    Oct 17, 2019

    This was exactly what I wanted for lunch today! I skipped the beans for a low carb soup, and used more broth (homemade turkey bone broth) . Was ready in no time and I really loved it. Thanks!

  • Linda
    Mar 18, 2018

    I love this recipe. I have made it once a week for the last five weeks. Very versatile - I have swapped out ingredients based on what I have on hand. Sometimes spinach for the kale, sometimes white northern beans for the cannellini beans. I have also made it with italian pork sausage, but have also used Italian sausage versions of turkey, chicken and tofu. All held up well. The only other regular change that I make is using fire roasted diced tomatoes. It adds just a bit of heat, not too much, especially since I use mild Italian sausages. I saw other comments about the broth, I have not felt the need to double the broth.

  • mjlouk
    Jan 27, 2017

    This was pretty good. I'm trying to eat more Kale and this was a good way to eat it.

  • beaglemombeth
    Sep 26, 2016

    Made this and loved it! I tweaked it a little to suit my family's preferences. I used canned tomatoes with Italian seasonings, eliminated the sun dried tomatoes & white beans, and added half a box of ditalini pasta and about 2 cups chopped carrots. I also doubled the amount of broth. Really tasty!

  • Shookvln
    Sep 13, 2016

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  • nino49
    Dec 2, 2015

    5 star .. made this it was wonderful , i used sweet sausage & a chirzo combination , gave it some slight tang was delisiosso ! my new go to quick soup

  • saltybeefnstickyrice
    Oct 31, 2015

    This soup was Deeelicious! Even my picky eater rated it "excellent"! I did use only one lb. of regular Italian sausage as suggested by other reviewers; otherwise, followed the recipe exactly. It was full of flavor! Can't wait to make it again!

  • mother of 3
    Apr 20, 2015

    Wow - great light soup. I used mild Italian cooked chicken sausage sliced, onion & garlic powder. Added fresh & dried basil & oregano, also. Grated Parmesan cheese tops it off deliciously! Hubby was hoping for potatoes when I had substituted cooked quinoa. I substituted a fresh tomato immersion blended with chicken broth for the diced. Increased the chicken broth, too.

  • SJS9
    Aug 3, 2014

    This was a waste of ingredients and time. The soup was nearly inedible and the remainder is being dumped. It was tasteless even after I added fresh oregano and smoked paprika. I don't know how anyone could rate this 5 stars.SJS9

  • RedRockster
    May 20, 2014

    This is a very good soup, and so healthy. After reading reviews, I took advice and doubled the broth and cut sausage to 1 lb. Since this is supposed to be Italian, I added a 1/4 cup each of chopped fresh basil and oregano. This is very delicious. I used a combination of hot and mild sausage. It liked it but it was too hot for my wife. So next time, just mild sausage and no pepper flakes. I can always add them to my servings.