Warm up with this slow cooker sausage kale soup. Packed with flavor and veggies, this 10-ingredient soup is low-carb, easy to whip up and tastes delicious!
Cooler weather is here and I’ve been craving warm and comforting meals like curries, stews and soups. If it’s steamy, aromatic and full of flavor, count me in!
That’s why I’m so pumped to be teaming up with my blogging girlfriends again this month to bring you SIX healthy and delicious soup recipes. We haven’t done a group post like this in a while, but we’re back at it with a new member (Hey Linds!) and a plan for some awesome posts to round out 2016.
And these soups. Let me tell you… they look so good! You’re definitely going to want to make them all.
Let me give you the rundown and then we’ll chat about my contribution, slow cooker sausage kale soup!
Chicken Tortilla Soup never got easier AND HEALTHIER! Throw everything in your crock-pot and you’ve got dinner ready before you know it!
Taylor’s Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
This crock pot chicken noodle soup has a Thai spin! It uses butternut squash noodles to keep it gluten free, paleo friendly and under 300 calories and 3 SmartPoints! A low-carb option is included!
Lexi’s Green Chile Vegetable Soup
This Green Chile Vegetable Soup is light, flavorful, and packed with hearty veggies! It’s the perfect meatless soup to keep you warm all season long! Customize this soup with your favorite veggies, beans, and/or gluten-free pasta, too!
Lindsay’s Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup
This Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup is one flavorful and healthy soup to keep you warm this season. An easy soup recipe for a nutritious meal-in-a-bowl. Paleo, vegan, and Whole30 friendly!
This easy creamy broccoli soup is rich, comforting and topped with crispy shallots. It’s also paleo, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan!
And then there’s my slow cooker sausage kale soup.
I think this actually might be the first sausage recipe I’ve ever posted on EBF, unless you count this sweet and savory breakfast sandwich with veggie sausage, which I don’t.
That said, I’m kind of a newb to cooking with sausage and I didn’t get the hype until recently. But I totally get it now. Sausage has SO MUCH flavor and makes for such a rich and delicious soup.
For this soup, you can use whatever sausage you’d like. I used a local ground sage pork sausage, but if you’re looking for a leaner option you can use chicken or turkey sausage. And if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can sub with veggie sausage or your favorite beans. I bet white beans would work great!
Like I mentioned before this soup is easy! Once you’ve cooked the sausage and veggies a bit, just let your slow cooker do the rest. Set it and forget it for a few hours. Add your kale right before serving so it doesn’t get overcooked and you’ve got a warm and comforting dinner. I recommend serving each bowl of soup with a little parmesan cheese and a few slices of crusty bread. Delish!
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 32 oz cartons chicken stock or broth (about 8 cups)
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt or more to taste
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 1 1lb sage sausage
- parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
- In a large skillet or pot, cook sausage over medium heat while breaking into pieces. Once brown, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Drain fat from pan, leaving about 1 Tablespoon.
- Cook garlic, onion, carrots and celery in reserved fat for 4-5 minutes or until fragrant.
- Transfer veggies into a slow cooker, add stock, pepper, salt and stir in sausage.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Add kale to the slow cooker about 10 minutes before serving.
- Portion soup into bowls, season with additional salt, pepper and parmesan if using.