Simple Kale Soup with Sausage and Potatoes

Kale and Sausage Soup Recipe

You know what we love about this kale soup? It looks and tastes hearty (which it is), but is something you don’t feel guilty having two bowls of. It’s packed with greens and low-fat chicken sausage.

We downed this soup. I think I even caught Adam with the ladle and not a regular-sized spoon. Not that I’m judging — I did the same thing when he wasn’t looking.

Tell us, are soups your thing? We love them, but we want to know about you. Let us know in the comments below.

It’s So Easy to Our Make Kale Soup Recipe

This comes together in no time. Here’s how we do it:

We cook onions with a little oil and butter then add garlic and a tiny pinch of red pepper flakes. Then, we throw in sliced chicken sausage — it’s already cooked, so it makes things extra easy. You could use any type of sausage, here — pork, lamb, turkey, whatever.

In goes some chicken stock and more vegetables — kale, sliced potatoes and chopped tomatoes. We like a touch of creaminess, too,  so we add a splash of milk (about 1/4 cup).

Simple Kale Soup Recipe with Sausage and Potatoes

Then, just before serving add a bunch of fresh spinach leaves.

Simple Kale Soup Recipe with Sausage and Potatoes

And that’s it — hearty and simple kale soup with sausage and potatoes. It’s one of our favorites.

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Simple Kale Soup Recipe with Sausage and Potatoes
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Try this hearty soup packed with leafy greens, sweet onions and chicken sausage. When you choose the chicken sausage, look for one that is has either maple or apple. The sweeter sausage works so well with the savory base of this soup.

Before cooking kale, be sure to wash thoroughly and remove any hearty stems and/or ribs.
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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, cut into thin half moons
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 8-ounce package cooked chicken sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4-5 small potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups torn kale leaves, washed with ribs and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and chicken sausage then cook until the sausage begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes, tomatoes and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes then add kale and cook another 10 minutes until wilted and the potatoes are tender.
  3. Remove from heat, add milk and stir in fresh spinach leaves. Season to taste with salt and/or pepper then serve immediately.

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13 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Roseann B December 11, 2014, 9:22 pm

    This was absolutely delicious. I am glad my friend shared it with me. Any hints on how to print it out

  • Katharina February 10, 2014, 3:17 pm

    So good!
    I already tried several of your recipes and they all turned out great. I just love your blog!!!

    • Joanne February 27, 2014, 4:38 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Jahmy January 16, 2014, 9:14 pm

    So delicious!
    I forgot to buy the onion, added one more garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a handful of mushrooms. This was really easy to make and did not to take too long either. Very tasty!!

  • June January 14, 2014, 12:42 am

    This soup was surprisingly flavorful! I doubled the recipe so the cooking time was a lot longer, but other than that, it was easy. Love the hint of heat that the red pepper flakes add. I will definitely make this again!

  • David January 1, 2014, 11:28 pm

    Did this, but with Opas smoked beef sausage and substituted more Kale for the spinach, and chilli Pequin instead of crushed red pepper.

    Very tasty!

  • Whitney October 8, 2013, 8:35 pm

    I just made this for dinner today (empty bowl in front of me as I type) and it was amazing! My family loved it. Even my picky three year old ate every bite! This is a must keep recipe that will stay in our meal rotation.
    Also I have the Apple crisp in the oven right now, Sunday I made the pho soup recipe-amazing!

    • Joanne October 14, 2013, 10:09 am

      Yay! So glad you’ve enjoyed everything so far 🙂

  • Mary Withrow August 20, 2012, 9:29 pm

    This looks great. My mom and dad have been married 60 years and he taught me you can throw together anything you can imagine and like to make amazing soups!

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok March 9, 2012, 4:01 am

    Like you I love soup and often make it but forget to blog it LOL. so I’ve started a new food blog event.

    You would be most welcome to join in The Soup Kitchen, here in fact everybody is welcome to participate, hope to see you there.

  • Bev Weidner March 6, 2012, 6:44 pm

    UH-MAIZ-IN. I love love love this soup and might have a freak attack if I don’t make it this week. OR NOW.

  • Elen Grey March 6, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Print, print, print! Mr. G, honey is gonna love this because of the chicken sausage. I’m going to love it because of the kale. 😀 Win. Win.

    I make soup every Monday. A huge pot for lunches.


    • Adam March 6, 2012, 6:29 pm

      Awesome! win-win!


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