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Sausage and kale soup - a hearty fall and winter soup featuring smoky sausage and kale. Serve with your favorite cornbread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Sausage and kale soup – a hearty fall and winter soup featuring smoky sausage and kale. Serve with your favorite cornbread alongside.

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.

Sausage and kale soup - a hearty fall and winter soup featuring smoky sausage and kale. Serve with your favorite cornbread alongside. https://www.lanascooking.com/sausage-and-kale-soup/

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 weatherman 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. It 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 do.

How to Make Sausage and Kale Soup

Diced sausage, onions and garlic.

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, onions, and garlic cooking in a large pot.

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.

Photo collage showing the addition of stock, tomatoes, beans, and kale to the pot.

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 but any type of cornbread that your family enjoys will be great with this soup.

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Sausage and Kale Soup

Sausage and kale soup – a hearty fall and winter soup featuring smoky sausage and kale. Serve with your favorite cornbread.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tblsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 ounces smoked sausage chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 8 ounces coarsely chopped kale
  • 16 ounces canned Great Northern beans drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and sausage and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion has wilted.
  • Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, beans and kale.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the kale is tender – approximately 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1060mg | Potassium: 1110mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5789IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 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 :)

  2. I just found your blog via stumbleupon.com-it 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!