Peppery Sausage White Bean Kale Soup

Peppery Sausage White Bean Kale Soup #soup -

My husband is a great cook.  From time to time he’ll mention what he plans to make for a meal and I KNOW you’ll love it too!   So he lets me sit with him in the kitchen, notebook in hand, jotting down every detail of his creations.

It’s different to cook for a food blog.  One both needs to allow inspiration to take hold but document it all so it can be passed along for you to enjoy!  The recipes I’ve shared of his have been very popular:  Lobster Risotto with Haricot Vert, Grilled Thai-style Chicken Thighs with Sweet Spicy Dipping Sauce and Grilled St. Louis style Ribs.  And now I have a new cold weather soup:  Peppery Sausage White Bean Kale Soup.

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Left to our own devices we each gravitate toward different flavor profiles when we cook which affords a versatile kitchen.  The meeting place we both love is definitely rustic, country food.  At this time of year I could easily eat soup for every meal.  I love simple foods on the weekend like a Ploughman’s Lunch with sharp cheeses, crusty country bread, chutneys and a little wine.  Or one pot dishes like Paella (I’m hoping he’ll make one of those for you soon!) or chicken thighs with loads of flavor, rice and potatoes.

While we were waiting out the end of our recent biblical rain storms, he ventured out on foot to explore the surrounding area for damage and to walk 3 miles round trip to our favorite market.  He took a backpack and came home loaded up with more pounds of groceries than I could imagine carrying to my car let alone on my back for a mile.  He decided to make a spicy sausage, white bean, kale soup.  Was I ever glad he did.  As soon as he described his vision I begged to have him jot down every detail so I could share it with you.

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It is fantastic.  It’s peppery from the seasoning and the sausage.  The flavors blend to remind you winter food may be the best of the entire year.  The curly kale provides a wonderful visual, texture and flavor without being overly ‘vegetable-y’ tasting for any that aren’t so keen on that.  I’d tell you more about it but writing about it has made me so hungry I think I need to go have some more.

Peppery Sausage White Bean Kale Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 1/2 quarts

This simple, hearty, savory soup is a signature of the cold weather season. Soul-warming.


  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery (with leaves), chopped
  • 2 large Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ pound loose Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 2 large Tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1-29 ounce can Cannellini Beans (or other white bean), drained
  • 1 quart Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 bunch Curly Kale, leaves stripped from stems and hand shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper


  1. In a large pot (6 quarts or larger), brown the Italian Sausage over medium heat (3 minutes).
  2. Add the onion, celery and carrots; cook 10 minutes stirring frequently.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook 5 minutes; stirring frequently.
  4. Add the cannellini beans, chicken broth and 1 quart water. Turn heat to high, bring to a boil then reduce heat bringing the soup to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the kale leaves, stirring to combine with soup. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper (taste to ensure it meets your personal preference).


  1. Dale says

    Yum! One of my favorite winter soups is a white bean, kale and butternut squash concoction. So good. I’ll be making this one too. Thanks! I think I may have seen your husband with this backpack – or it could have been one of the hundreds of us north Boulderites heading back and forth to Lucky’s.

    Hope you faired ok. Our home is fine, but my family who lives in Salina is now living in our basement, and my kids are not yet back in school.

    • says

      I don’t think there is a bad winter soup, is there? Yours sounds great too.

      I actually came down with a horrific virus Monday so did not leave our house until today so it was my first glimpse at the aftermath. Lee Hill Road is still manned by a police patrol 24 hours and I could see the impact of the creek bed by our house. It’s still so unbelieveable.

      The photos east of us certainly look more like a hurricane aftermath than farmland. I’m sorry for your relatives loss. And I hope the kids school is rectified soon. It becomes so disorienting to not have a routine I think.

      Thanks so much Dale for commenting. I’ll keep good thoughts for you and your family.

  2. catherine says

    made this tonight after a rainy day and it was delicious!! so happy to have stumbled upon your blog and this recipe! 😉

  3. Ralph says

    Love your soup recipes. Need, would appreciate good turkey noodle soup using leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Also a turkey hash using leftovers.

    Thank you

  4. Cindy F says

    I just posted this soup, which is now my favorite, to Facebook. Unfortunately the picture doesn’t match the recipe. This is so sad because many are going to see a bunch of strawberries and miss out on the soup. Excellent soup, thank you.

    • says

      Hi Cindy. That is a Facebook glitch that happens sometimes with internet links. I just ran the URL through a Facebook debugger tool and it is showing the correct photos. I also tried posting it on my page and the correct photos are coming up. You could try it again. I’m unsure why it did not pull the right photo for you!


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