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Sausage and Kale Soup

Sausage and Kale Soup RecipeHearty Soup with a hint of cheesy goodness. This warming dish is loaded with cozy ingredients that make any meal feel special!

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Hearty Kale Soup

Sausage and Kale Soup is a greedy kind of soup, as all good soups should be.

It isn’t satisfied until all the right ingredients are incorporated…

Onions and garlic for depth of flavor. Not enough.

Sausage for zesty meaty goodness. Keep it coming.

Kale and potatoes for contrasting textures. Closer, but not quite there.

Wine, parmesan and crushed red pepper for body and complexity. Almost.

A splash of cream for silky spoonfuls. Finally.

Cozy Mid-Week Dinner

This Sausage and Kale Soup, dear friends, is serious soup. Stout soup. Generous soup.

Sausage and Kale Soup is a cozy mid-week dinner your family will love.

It’s filled to the brim with hearty flavors that are impossible to resist once mingled together.

The aroma, intoxicating.

The taste, comforting.

The overall experience, healing.

After all, a single note soup isn’t really a soup at all.

It’s a broth concoction, or a simple sauce at the very most.

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Is This Zuppa Toscana or Tuscan Soup?

Our Tuscan Soup Recipe is very similar to Olive Garden’s famous Zuppa Toscana. However, this version is a lighter leaner. 

We’ve reduced the pork fat and the cream. Therefore, you get all the flavor with around half the fat and calories!

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Sausage Kale Soup Ingredients

  • Olive Oil – To help saute the onion and garlic
  • Large Onion – this recipe uses the onion diced.
  • Garlic Cloves 
  • Ground Pork Sausage 
  • Small New Potatoes – Slice into thin circles like you would for a potato chip
  • Bunch of Kale –  trimmed and chopped while also removing the stems
  • Chicken Stock – The main base of the soup 
  • Dry White Wine 
  • Crushed Red Pepper – Brings a nice spice to the soup
  • Heavy Cream
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  •  Salt and Pepper Season to taste
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How To Make Sausage and Kale Soup

  1. Heat a large saucepot on the stove and then add in the oil, onions, and garlic. Saute the aromatics in the pot for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add in the sausage. 
  2. Brown the sausage in with the onions and garlic and break it apart into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon. 
  3. Then, after the sausage is browned, add the potato slices, kale, chicken stock, wine, and crushed pepper to the pot and stir it all together. 
  4. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender. You can lower the heat if needed. 
  5. When you are ready to serve this soup, add in the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. 
  6. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking. 

Get our Full (Printable) Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe Below. Enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this soup last?

This recipe can last in the fridge for up to a week if it is stored in an airtight container. Make sure to place it in the back of the refrigerator so it stays very cold.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes and no. If you want to make this ahead, it will freeze best if there is no cream in the soup. You can leave out the cream, then add it in after thawing and reheating. If there is already cream in the soup, freezing it will end up giving the soup a slightly grainy texture. 

Can I omit the sausage to make this vegetarian?

Yes, you can. Although that would also omit a certain richness that makes this dish so flavorful. Consider adding vegan sausage to the recipe, instead of skipping it altogether.

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Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Hearty Sausage and Kale Soup with a hint of cheesy goodness. This warming dish is loaded with cozy ingredients that make any meal feel special!
Servings: 6


  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 pound small new potatoes, sliced into thin circles
  • 1 bunch kale, trimmed and chopped (remove stems)
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  • Heat a large sauce pot over medium heat and add the oil, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the sausage to the pot. Brown the sausage and break it apart with a wooden spoon into small pieces.
  • Once the sausage is brown, add the potato slices, chopped kale, chicken stock, wine, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat if needed, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • When ready to serve, stir in the cream and parmesan cheese. Then taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 571kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 1160mg, Potassium: 1030mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 2550IU, Vitamin C: 43.9mg, Calcium: 225mg, Iron: 2.7mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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53 comments on “Sausage and Kale Soup”

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  2. Incredibly good soup! I didn’t have pork sausage on hand so I opened up some bratwurst and used that instead.

  3. Love this soup! I make it a couple times a month. The whole family loves it.

  4. Hello there !
    I have made this before and I do like your lighter version . Still , I would use the Italian sausage as in OG Zuppa Toscana…. have you ever thought of adding par boiled broccoli rabe? We Italians call it bitter broccoli. Great recipe and thank you!

  5. Such a really heartwarming dish! Everyone at my house enjoyed this meal!

  6. This is such an easy and delicious recipe! 

  7. Bought collards instead of kale so will try them. Love the recipe as is and have made it many times now to much anticipation of the family. :)

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  9. very good. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. I made a version of this tasty soup last night. I modified it slightly to be keto friendly. Here’s my modifications: replace new potatoes with turnips (cubed), added a handful of fresh parsley, substituted heavy cream for half & half (only because that’s what I had) and also added 2T of Nutrional Yeast (for health benefits). My family absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to taste the leftover soup today for lunch when the flavors will really have a chance to meld. Great recipe!

  12. wow, this soup is delicious, summer food is great.

    • Bought collards instead of kale so will try them. Love the recipe as is and have made it many times now to much anticipation of the family. :)

  13. I love both in soup so I know this would be a hit! I’ll try this on Sunday (sorry but I’m away or I would make it now:).

  14. This is like Zuppa Tuscano!!!!  Love it!!!

  15. This reminds me of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana. How is it different ?????

  16. I have made this a number of times and it just seems to get better and better. I do not add the wine because I rarely have it on hand and since I am the only one eating this, prior to adding the cream and cheese I put it in pint containers and when it has cooled I freeze it. When I reheat it I add some half & half (I prefer that over the cream) and top it with cheese before I eat. I have used a number of different kinds of sausage both fresh and smoked but my preference is still a fresh spicy Italian. I have also tried different potatoes and I do like the red skin potatoes for the extra color. This is a wonderful, go to recipe.

  17. I have made many types of soup in my life. Just want to say, this was one of the most unique tasting soups ever. The wine actually gives it a hearty flavor. It is even better day 2. I made it for the fire dept that I work for and they all loved it! Always looking for uses of kale. Thanks for the recipe.

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  20. I’m hoping to make this soup this weekend. Did anyone make it without the wine and just use extra broth? Did it come out ok ?

  21. Made this in the crockpot, cooked on low all day. It turned out very well except the sausage was still in large clumps, so you might want to cook that ahead of time or break it up part way through. I actually forgot to add the cream and cheese on my first bowl and it was still delicious. I used hot sausage so I omitted the red peppers and it was still plenty spicy!

  22. Has anyone made this is the crockpot? How’d it turn out?

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  24. I made this soup tonight and my whole family loved it (including my 5 and 7 year old boys)! I used turkey sausage and asiago cheese instead of pork and parmesean. Delicious!

  25. One of my favorite parts about fall! Yummy soups to warm the soul!

  26. I am making this right now and it smells SO good. Can’t wait for it to be done :D

  27. Anyone know how long I’d need to cook this in a crockpot? Thanks!

  28. I love comforting soups like this!

  29. Sausage and kale is always a welcome combo, and this looks perfect for the rainy weekend we’re having!

  30. This soup looks awesomely delicious! I love using kale wherever I can, and this looks great. Thanks for sharing!

  31. I make a close version of this soup with escarole instead of kale. Harder to find escarole, so now I know I can substitute. Also really good to add cannellini beans. Advice- make enough for left overs because it’s even better the next day.

  32. This is like comfort in a huge bowl for Fall!

  33. This is perfect fall comfort food!

  34. This soup looks like it would truly hit the spot. Total comfort food!

  35. Not a fan of Kale, but I would defiantly use it in this soup. Great flavors!

  36. This soup is my perfect comfort food! It looks so cozy!

  37. I’m so ready to cozy up to this soup!

  38. I would bet this classic soup is the first intro to kale most of us ever had. I like your splash of cream, I’m always up for a splash of cream.

  39. Love this combo! Comfort food at it’s finest.
    Enjoy the first fabulous fall weekend!

  40. This stew is speaking to me. It looks and sounds perfect.

  41. This soup is dreamy. Comforting and easy to make and I know I would love it.

  42. The combo of sausage and kale sounds really good. I love both in soup so I know this would be a hit!

  43. Soup is on my favorite list of what to cook on a cold New England day. I’ll try this on Sunday (sorry but I’m away or I would make it now:).

  44. The combination of kale, sausage, and potatoes sounds wonderful and filling! And these cooler nights make soup an attractive alternative for dinner. Pinned!

  45. Mmmmmm, I love a greedy, er generous soup like this.

  46. Anything you put sausage and kale together, I know that I am gonna be one happy human. And then I looked at the rest of the ingredients, and I say bring on the greedy soup! Pinned!