Kale Soup With Sausage Recipe

Published on August 16th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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This Kale Soup with Sausage uses ground Italian sausage. Ground Italian sausage has a fennel, licorice-like flavor that stands out in the soup. The veggies we used in the soup were cauliflower, turnips, and kale. Cauliflower has a mild flavor, so it absorbs the taste of the other ingredients in this soup. More importantly, cauliflower is relatively low in carbs, so you will not be stacking up too many carbs with this soup. Cauliflower is also rich in choline, an essential nutrient lacking in many diets.

On the other hand, turnips have a mildly spicy flavor, and it gives you the starchiness you're craving - with way fewer carbs than, say, potatoes. Turnips are also rich in immune-boosting vitamin C. We also added kale which has an earthy, bitter taste offset by the turnips and cauliflower. Besides being low in carbs, kale is packed with Vitamins A, K, and C, adding lots of nutrition to this soup. As the vegetables simmer in the soup, they develop a sweet yet nutty flavor, making them more delicious. Finally, we used coconut milk instead of heavy cream to give this soup a creamy feel without adding dairy. The coconut milk makes the soup nice and creamy, but it adds a rich undertone to the soup. 

Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
48 mins
Total Time
58 mins
Serves
12

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

     

  • 1 pound Ground Italian Sausage

     

  • 1 White Onion, chopped

     

  • 1 Bell Pepper, chopped

     

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

     

  • 1 Bay Leaf

     

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme leaves

     

  • 1 Turnip, peeled, diced into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth

     

  • 1 teaspoon Salt 

     

  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper 

     

  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

     

  • 1 head Cauliflower, leaves and stem removed, cut into florets

  • 1 bunch Kale, roughly chopped

     

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk

Instructions

To a large pot, add the olive oil. 

Arial view of a pot heating up with olive oil inside

Add the Italian sausage and cook it for 5-8 minutes, breaking it into smaller chunks with a wooden cooking spoon until brown. 

Overview of sausage cooking in a pot

Add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent. 

Onions, peppers and chopped garlic sautéing in a pot

Add the bay leaf, thyme, and turnip, and cook for 3 minutes. 

Herbs and turnips being added to sausage and kale soup

Add the vegetable broth, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cauliflower and stir to combine.

Broth, cauliflower and spices being added to kale Soup with Sausage

Bring the soup to a boil. Cover the soup, decrease the flame to medium-low and cook it for 30 minutes until the turnips are tender.  

Soup simmering in a pot

Stir in the kale and coconut milk, and cook the soup for another 2 minutes. 

Kale and coconut milk being stirred into the soup

Ladle the soup into bowls and enjoy! 

Overview of a bowl of Kale Soup
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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon