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Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans

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Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans – Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

If I had a quarter for each time that this Italian Sausage soup is requested in our household, I’d be a thousandaire. Chock full of meat, beans, veggies, and much more, I can completely agree with their request. Actually, it’s more like a demand, but I’m trying to play nice.

Their second most-demanded favorite kale soup is my Smoked Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup – it is out of this world!

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

I have this thing and it’s called, I like to get really up close and personal right from the start with my food. Just as you see it up there. I just need to get myself right up IN the bowl and take a look at that yummy food, and SMELL IT before it makes its journey into my mouth. I grab it, gaze upon its cheesy-meaty-and-bright-green-kale beauty, getting closer getting closer aaaaand boom. It’s in mah belleh!

Sidenote: My husband haaaaates that I have to smell my food – like, totally up close – before I start to eat. He thinks it’s gross. What he doesn’t know is that I also smell THE PLATE before I put any food on it… anyone else as weird as me?!?  Please, do tell!

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

This soup, though, is pretty freakin’ awesome.  Prepare to have your mouth hugged by this zesty, super flavorful, very traditional, Mediterranean fabulousness.

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

We start by removing the sausage casings and transferring said sausage to a hot pan to get it all nicely browned.

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

In the meantime, we are going to also start cooking up our veggies – onions, carrots, celery, garlic, abc, xyz – and then add our browned meat to the vegetables, together with the beans.

A nice warm broth bath will follow, and 30 minutes later this rustic old-world soup will be added to your list of faves. 

Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

Theeee End!

ENJOY!

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Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans - Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!
Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian soup recipe, italian wedding soup recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 432 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, casings removed you can also use Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, rinsed and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 cans white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 to 8 cups low sodium, low fat beef or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, optional
  • 8 slices crusty baguette, optional
Instructions
  1. Heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven or soup pot.

  2. Add sausage and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. or until browned, stirring occasionally to break into smaller pieces.

  3. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.

  4. Pour remaining olive oil to the soup pot and heat it up.

  5. Add onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf, thyme, and Italian seasoning; cook for about 8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

  6. Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, and continue to cook for 1 minute.

  7. Mix in kale and cook until it starts to wilt, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  8. Stir in beans, prepared sausage, and broth; bring to a boil. 

  9. Lower heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes to combine all the flavors. 

  10. Remove from heat and take out the bay leaf and sprig of thyme.

  11. Divide soup among bowls and top with cheese.

  12. Serve with a slice of baguette. (optional)

Recipe Notes

WW SMART POINTS: 12

Nutrition Facts
Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 522mg 22%
Potassium 1053mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 2g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 94.1%
Vitamin C 28.9%
Calcium 15%
Iron 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Responses
  1. I made this tonight, after cleaning house..grocery shopping and walking the dogs! I started at 8 pm and had it finished and ready to throw into the refrigerator for dinner after work tomorrow. I can’t wait! As good as it tasted tonight, I’m sure it will be even better tomorrow. I used Italian turkey sausage and omitted the olive oil. I used a olive oil spray instead. This was only because I’m watching fat content. Fabulous recipe, don’t be afraid that it takes too long to make, it has amazing flavor and is well worth the minimum effort it takes to get everything in the pot!!!

  2. thank you, just in time for these flavors, what I’m currently craving, good idea with a little kale too, also people in lab coats have said that the majority of what makes up tasting food is sensed by the nose instead of the tongue, so smelling your food seems like a smart thing to do!

  3. JJ

    Hi Katerina, I made this soup tonight and am so happy I did! The flavor was outstanding! You absolutely nailed all the seasonings–perfection. I’ll be making it all winter! I’ve made a few recipes from your blog and feel like they’re really well done, so I’m going to comment on them so others will try them. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  4. Betty

    Hi, love your blog, I have been making this recipe for over 10 years, I use spinach and Italian sausage, I par boil them first for 10 minutes to get the fat out, saute, then clean the pan of any grease .
    but I am disappointed that you say the prep time is 10 mins..I have noticed in most of your recipes the prep time is way less than what it really is ( do you have someone helping you?)..if someone is new to cooking and reads that this recipe only takes 10 mins to prep after a full day of work etc they will be very disappointed..prep time is more like 30 to 45 mins and this is coming from someone who has been cooking for over 30 years.
    again, great site, but you may want to set a timer before you start getting everything ready and chopped…

    1. Hi!!! I don’t have anyone helping me in the kitchen – it’s all me, myself, and I. 😀 And I do time every recipe, from start to finish, but maybe because I am in the kitchen every day, testing 3 or more recipes a day, prep time is really quick for me? If it took me 30 minutes to chop a few veggies, I don’t think I’d go through with the recipe! haha Also, a good sharp knife helps a huge deal when having to chop a few different veggies.

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