Sausage and Kale Soup

All day yesterday and this morning the skies have been grey, overcast and rainy. Call me crazy, but I love this kind of weather. I think it comes from growing up as a farmer’s daughter. For families who farmed before the days of irrigation, everything… everything… depended on rain. Too little rain and the crops didn’t grow. Too much rain at the wrong time and the harvest was ruined.

I have vivid memories of watching the nightly 6:00 p.m. local newscast through a child’s eyes. Before there was 24/7 cable news and the Weather Channel, you got your news, weather and sports twice a day from local folks. Once in the morning and once in the evening. The weather was provided by a local weather man who was, more often than not, spot on with his forecast. And whenever that part of the newscast came on, our household became hushed while Daddy listened intently and studied the weather maps on television. It seemed that during my growing up years Daddy was always hoping for a good rain. A good rain at just the right time could make or break your crop. Rain was a good thing. Rain made everything right. Rain made everybody happy. I think that’s why I still love rainy days even now.

This Sausage and Kale Soup is going to be a perfect lunch for my rainy day. Its lovely smoky flavor makes it great for a cool, overcast day like today. Hope you’ll try it and like it as much as we did.

Diced sausage, onions and garlic for Sausage and Kale Soup

I used a nice, hickory smoked sausage for this soup. There are many good choices, but lately we’ve been enjoying this Conecuh brand sausage. They’re based in Alabama and make many mighty fine products. Whatever sausage you choose, you’ll need to dice it into about half-inch pieces.

Sausage and Kale Soup

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the sausage, onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until the onion has wilted.

Sausage and Kale Soup

Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, beans and kale. Bring the pot to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the kale is tender and the beans are heated through.

I served this with some old-fashioned “lacy” cornbread and that recipe is coming up soon. Any type of cornbread that your family enjoys will be great with this soup.


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Great fall and winter soup featuring smoky sausage and kale.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 oz. smoked sausage, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 8 oz. coarsely chopped kale
  • 1 16-oz. can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and sausage and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion has wilted.
  3. Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, beans and kale.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the kale is tender - approximately 15-20 minutes.

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  1. says

    Aww Lana this is a great window into your life growing up. Isn;t incredible your livelihood depending on the weather. This soup onspires me to cook with kale. I will use turkey sausage instead.

  2. says

    Funny, I just wrote about the flip side of rain on my latest post! And why does this hearty soup remind me of Italy? I love it! It really is perfect soup for this weather. And I remember waking up early all winter and turning on the channel with the clocks… time, temperature, barometer… and waiting for the temperature to slowly roll by.

    • says

      I see a combination of beans and greens in Italian cuisine quite often and this soup does remind one of Italy in that way, doesn’t it?

  3. says

    This is my kind of soup! I can’t wait to try it. Since it’s cold and rainy today, this evening would be a perfect time to stir some up! Thanks!

  4. says

    I admit, I have never been the biggest fan of Kale but here you make it look and sound so delicious that I am totally tempted to put it together ASAP!

  5. says

    Oh Lana…I love this post and a glimpse into your childhood. My daughter was studying for a quiz and irrigation was one of the words. Tomorrow I will show her your post. This soup is perfect for the cooler weather coming soon our way. :)

    • says

      What a coincidence. My dad actually designed and sold the center pivot irrigation systems after he retired from farming. He was responsible for irrigating much of the farmland in southwest Georgia.

  6. says

    those were the days, weren’t they? the days before irrigation, before 24/7 weather channels and before TV personality weather people . . . there is something about rain that is comforting and soups, stews, chilis are the perfect pairing!

    • says

      They were. Our local weatherman was Gil Patrick. He was a former Navy meteorologist and his forecasts were better than the National Weather Service. If Gil said it, you could bet on it.

  7. says

    I just found your blog via knows my heart so it took me straight to your crispy roasted potatoes recipe. YUM. This soup looks divine as well, can’t wait to give it a try!

  8. says

    We absolutely love rainy days in my house. The boys always comment on how the sleep better when it’s raining at night. This is the perfect soup for a lazy rainy days indoors :)

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