Creamy Sausage & Kale Soup

Have I got a winner of a dinner for you! A hearty, easy to make, stick to your ribs soup that everyone will love! This soup came about last Wednesday when we got a big dump of snow and had a snow day! The schools were closed and the usual hustle and bustle of this small town was gone! It was eerily quiet, but more than welcome!

That morning after I got home from the gym, my sweet little daughter brought me her boots and wanted to play outside. So, out we went to play. By that time, the snow had turned to rain and the plowed driveway turned into an ice rink. It was an interesting experience and after 45 minutes, my little one was pulling me towards the door to go back inside! Usually, we’re dragging her in kicking and screaming. So, for lunch in honor of the snow and our cold hands, I made some of this soup.

It looks pretty plain jane, but let me tell you, the flavor in this will knock your taste buds off. This stuff didn’t last long and it’s just what we needed to warm up and fill our empty tummies! All the ingredients are very common and the directions for this recipe are really simple. Without getting into too much detail, you basically brown your sausage, saute onions and garlic, throw everything else in and simmer. Top off the whole thing with some cream right before serving, and that’s it!

I’d recommend making THIS or THIS to go along with this soup. While winter is still here, make a nice big comforting pot of Creamy Sausage & Kale soup. It’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

Creamy Sausage & Kale Soup
yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients:

1 lb. Italian Sausage {sweet or spicy, you choose}
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-15 oz. can white beans, rinsed & drained
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
1 bunch kale, stalks removed & torn into bite sized pieces
1 bay leaf
1 pinch sea salt {I used Himalayan Sea Salt}
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch tarragon
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
In large pot over medium heat, cook sausage until browned and cooked thoroughly. Remove from pot and drain on paper towels. In same pot, melt butter and saute onions and garlic until softened, 5 minutes. Stir in sausage, beans, broth, water, kale* and seasonings. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cook 15-20 minutes. 5 minutes before serving, stir in cream. Serve hot.

*If you like your kale to have a little sturdiness to it and not become really soft, stir it into the soup with the cream 5 minutes before serving.

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12 Responses to “Creamy Sausage & Kale Soup”

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    Maria — January 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    My husband makes a similar soup, one of his favorites!

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    Jessica — January 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    This sounds so good! I just got some Himalayan pink salt, HimalaSalt, from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I think I’ll try it out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    cathyb.@brightbakes — January 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This looks great! Then again, it’s January in Wisconsin, so of course it does ;) Kale in soup is one of my all-time favs…it gets so pillowy and rich tasting!
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Katrina — January 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love kale!

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    Donna — January 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I discovered kale just a few years ago and it is now my go-to green. Your soup looks YUM!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — January 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    this soup sounds so lovely:) thanks for sharing this and have a great day.

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    Velva — January 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

    When cold happens, soup happens. Fabulous creamy kale and sausage soup. I think kale is under appreciated-because it is a wonderful green leafy vegetable.

    Awesome. Thanks.

    Velva

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    Barbara Bakes — January 19, 2011 at 5:03 am

    What a cute little angel! I’ll have to give the soup a try. I especially like the idea of topping it off with cream.

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    beth — January 17, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Ok so I really wanted / needed this soup today on this cold Chicago evening but don’t have any white beans any suggestions for a substitute bean?

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    • Lauren — January 17th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

      Any beans are fine. Chick peas would be good too!

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    Lauren — August 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Oh! I love this stuff! It reminds me a lot of my favorite soup at Olive Garden! I’m living in Romania right now and I’ve been looking for easy recipes to make for my host family. I’m sure they’ll love this.

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    Melinda — January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! It was super delicious and will become a winter staple around here. I look forward to lunch tomorrow to enjoy the leftovers! Great blog! I look forward to trying more of your recipes! :)

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