This Sausage and Kale Soup is a great comfort food. My family often asks for this and they usually scrape the last bite out of the pot! It’s a perfect way to stretch a pound of meat and feed your family lots of good vegetables.

The original recipe calls for bacon and broth but I’ve cut those ingredients. There’s plenty of flavor and fat from the sausage and water is a perfect replacement for broth. Next I added diced zucchini and extra kale to get more vegetables in our meal. Adding extra vegetables is a good trick for cutting your food bill since they are much cheaper than meat.

Sausage and Kale Soup Recipe

  • 1 pound of Italian sausage or ground pork plus 2 tablespoons Italian Sausage Seasoning
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • Water
  • 1 bunch of kale, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

Brown the sausage or ground pork with seasoning in a large pot with the onion and zucchini. I usually get the sausage going while I chop the onion. After I add that to the pot, I start dicing the zucchini. While that’s sauteing, I peel and slice the potatoes and add them to the pot with water to just cover the potatoes. Once I’m done with the potatoes and they are starting to simmer, I slice up the kale.

If you stage your prep according to what needs to cook the longest, you will have a much easier time cooking. Timing is an important part of cooking and learning to cook. It takes some experience to get really comfortable with staging your dishes so they have the time to cook. Eventually you learn what to get working on first so a meal with multiple parts finishes at the same time.

Italian sausage and onion for Sausage and Kale Soup.
Sausage and onion sauteing.
Zucchini added for Sausage and Kale Soup.
Zucchini added to cook.

Add the kale to the pot and cover to simmer on low heat. Cook the soup for 25 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes and kale are tender. Go ahead and taste for salt and pepper. Depending on how salty the sausage was you may want to add some seasoning now.

Potatoes and water for Sausage and Kale Soup.
Water to cover the potatoes.
Kale added for Sausage and Kale Soup.
Kale added to the soup.

Finishing the Soup

My family enjoys thick creamy soups more than brothy ones. At this point the soup is usually pretty brothy so we are going to thicken it up. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, mix the flour and water to make a smooth paste. It should have the consistency of pancake batter. Pour it into the soup and stir to mix. Since the soup is hot it should thicken up quickly. I got wrapped up with the general chaos of kids and dinner prep and forgot to take photos of this step. You’ll have to use your imagination!

Finally pour in the heavy cream. I give you a range for the heavy cream so you can decide how creamy you want the soup to be. You could use half and half here but I’m a fan of heavy cream. Taste for seasoning again and add more salt and pepper if it needs it.

Sausage and Kale Soup ready to serve.

I usually serve this with fresh sourdough bread and butter. Like I said earlier, this is one of our favorite soups and my family never gets tired of it. I hope you try it!