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Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans

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!

How to Make Italian Sausage Soup

  • 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.
  • 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!

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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

Katerina | Diethood
Hearty and incredibly delicious soup prepared with Italian Sausage, onions, garlic, kale, and beans!
4.63 from 16 votes
Servings : 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

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
 

  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven or soup pot.
  • Add sausage and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. or until browned, stirring occasionally to break into smaller pieces.
  • Transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
  • Pour remaining olive oil to the soup pot and heat it up.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf, thyme, and Italian seasoning; cook for about 8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Mix in kale and cook until it starts to wilt, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in beans, prepared sausage, and broth; bring to a boil. 
  • Lower heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes to combine all the flavors. 
  • Remove from heat and take out the bay leaf and sprig of thyme.
  • Divide soup among bowls and top with cheese.
  • Serve with a slice of baguette. (optional)

Nutrition

Calories: 432 kcal | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Protein: 22 g | Fat: 25 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Cholesterol: 43 mg | Sodium: 522 mg | Potassium: 1053 mg | Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 4705 IU | Vitamin C: 23.8 mg | Calcium: 150 mg | Iron: 5 mg | Net Carbs: 26 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian soup recipe, italian wedding soup recipe
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40 comments on “Italian Sausage Soup with Kale and Beans”

  1. This is one of my favorite go to soups! My family loves it and whenever I have taken this as a meal to someone they have loved it!!! The prep time is closer to 40 minutes start to finish for me. Thank you !

  2. I made this today. It’s unusually cold in Florida this week so this was a must make. My family loved it. I added chopped zucchini, mushrooms, a big can of diced tomatoes and a small tomato paste. I have enough for lunch the rest of this week. Excellent! Will make again this winter. Thank you!

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    Yuri Clingerman

    I added a little bit of harissa seasoning to give it a kick because I thought it tasted a bit boring. I think it did the trick.

  4. This is a great soup! I used spicy sausage and dried thyme. I also had homemade chicken broth so I was able to use that. The husband ate a bit right after I made it (I think the smell of this soup brought him to the kitchen) and went back for seconds!

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    Lacey coleman

    I make this all the time! Except my family isn’t a fan of beans. So we do white sweet potatoes. It’s amazing. Sometimes I add heavy cream to this recipe as well if we want something creamier. So happy I found this recipe. I actually plan on using it in my ice cream Shoppe this winter

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      I would brown the sausage in a skillet, first, and the onions, carrots, and celery.
      Transfer it all to your slow cooker; stir in thyme leaves (from one fresh sprig of thyme) and Italian seasoning, as well as the garlic, salt, and pepper.
      Stir in beans and broth; add bay leaf, cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, OR set it on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Mix in kale about 20 minutes before it’s done cooking. When ready to serve, take out the bay leaf, serve in bowls and top with cheese.
      Hope you’ll love it! 😃

  6. How is this soup with no broth added? Nowhere do I see a liquid to make this soup?? If I made this like you have it on here it would definitely not be soup…..Correct me if I’m wrong .

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        Donna A Pollock

        I just open up a couple of containers of Chicken Broth for mine……it works really well and dose not taste like chicken either……no worries at all. Try it——-you’ll love it, I promise

  7. I can’t believe I haven’t commented sooner, but this has become a favorite in our house. I’ve made this several times now following this recipe and it comes out delicious every time. Plus, it freezes well!

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      Brittney Young

      We have made this so many times and it is so amazing. We do add red pepper flakes to add some spiciness but otherwise it’s really delicious and easy to make!

    2. This soup was delicious. My family said it was the best soup I have made. My kids even ate it and that’s saying something because my daughter normally won’t touch anything with beans and my son usually won’t eat anything with green in it. They both loved it. Thank you so much!

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