Sausage Kale Soup

DF GF

Warm up with this sausage kale soup. It’s packed with flavor and veggies, only requires 10 ingredients and it can be made on the stove top or in the slow cooker.

A bowl of kale and sausage soup in a white bowl. There is some crusty bread laying next to the bowl.

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!

A bowl of kale and sausage soup in a white bowl. There is some crusty bread and a spoon next to the bowl.

Using Sausage in Soup

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!

A bowl of kale and sausage soup in a white bowl. There is a gold spoon next to the bowl.

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!

A bowl of kale and sausage soup in a white bowl.

Sausage Kale Soup

5 from 6 votes
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!
A bowl of kale and sausage soup in a white bowl. There is some crusty bread laying next to the bowl.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 (32 ounce) cartons chicken stock or broth, about 8 cups
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or more to taste
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 pound ground sausage, I used sage sausage
  • parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

Slow Cooker

  • 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.

Stove Top

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, 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 pot, leaving about 1 Tablespoon.
  • Cook garlic, onion, carrots and celery in reserved fat for 4-5 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add stock, pepper, salt and the cooked sausage to the pot. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and kale and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Portion soup into bowls, season with additional salt, pepper and parmesan if using.

Notes

  • For a leaner option you can use ground chicken or turkey sausage. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 479kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 34g Fat: 31g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage kale soup

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    12 comments
    1. CounselorChick
      November 6, 2020 AT 9:07 pm

      5 stars
      I did this on the stovetop adding kale with broth & 3 tablespoons of miso paste. Let it simmer 2 hours. Delicious.

    2. AtlantaJJ
      June 2, 2018 AT 6:04 pm

      Anyone try this recipe with an Instant Pot?

    3. Julie B.
      January 25, 2017 AT 10:42 am

      Can this be made just simmering in a pot for a few hours? Or does it have to be in the slow cooker?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2017 AT 4:32 pm

        Totally!! Once the sausage and veggies have cooked, I think you could simmer it for 20-30 minutes and be fine. Of course, it will get more flavor the longer is simmers. Let me know if you try it without the slow cooker!

    4. Lexi
      October 17, 2016 AT 10:09 am

      I want a huge bowl of this for lunch! Can’t wait to make it!

    5. Emma
      October 16, 2016 AT 10:29 am

      I’ve only ever had soup with sausages once before, and since it was absolutely delicious, I think I need to try this recipe as well. I’m so pumped about all the soups that I’m going to have now that the cold weather is here – it really is such an easy and tasty way to get in a lot of veggies!
      Emma, http://www.martinyfood.com

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