Easy Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup

I’ve got a “one dish” meal for you today that can be ready in no time at all! So warm up with this flavorful kale, sausage and white bean soup before the spring weather is here to stay. And if you’re up for it – double the recipe so you can freeze the leftovers for a rainy day. You’ll thank yourself later. :)

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Easy Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup

Easy Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup

I've got a "one dish" meal for you today that can be ready in no time at all! So warm up with this flavorful kale, sausage and white bean soup before the spring weather is here to stay.
4.8 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
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Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound sausage Italian, cut into chunks about 3/4" to 1" in size
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 cans white beans drained and rinsed, like cannellini
  • 1 teaspoon salt if using store bought broth add 1/2 teaspoon and taste test before adding more
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook while occasionally stirring for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sausage pieces to the pot and cook until the pieces are cooked all the way through (no longer pink), about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile strip and discard the big stems from the kale and cut the leaves into shreds (I like to use culinary scissors for this job). Add the broth (we use homemade), shredded kale, beans, salt and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Easy Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 591 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 2613mg114%
Potassium 1444mg41%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 3330IU67%
Vitamin C 65.9mg80%
Calcium 198mg20%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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62 thoughts on “Easy Kale, Sausage and White Bean Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is wonderful though I might use only one can of beans next time. I also added slightly too much pepper but still good — reminder to taste! Same day I made this, I roasted diced sweet potatoes. — well, I mashed a few down and added to the soup. Yum!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I apologize if I missed it but is there any dietary info on this? Approx calories, fat, etc? Just asking for WW measurements.

  3. I found this recipe and I wan I found this recipe and I want to try it for my family it’s getting colder and it looks like it would warm you up inside thank you

  4. 5 stars
    Wow this was fantastic Lisa! I’ve never enjoyed kale until now. I’m 7 months pregnant and was so proud of all the nutrition I was feeding my baby while eating it. Ha! I made this with your cornbread muffin recipe from your new cookbook. Also delicious. Keep rocking it!

  5. I usually buy a rotisserie chicken each week and eat the meat for my lunches. On the week-end I throw the carcass in a pot of water with onion, carrots,celery, fresh herbs and let it cook for 4-5 hours. Makes the house smell sensational! Strain and chill overnight. Skim the fat off in the morning and freeze it in a freezer ziploc bag. That way I always have homemade stock on hand and can make this soup in next to no time. It has become a family favorite and got my husband to enjoy kale. Thanks for such an easy, healthy, delicious recipe!

  6. 4 stars
    Great recipe made it in less than an hour had enough to freeze & we loved it! I used frozen chicken apple sausage & it was delicious & fast

  7. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was awesome! I was worried the Kale would be too much for my husband and kids (they haven’t been big fans of other kale recipes) but they all ate it with no complaints about the kale! Husband and I loved it, the kids ate about 2/3 of their bowl. That is a win! I only needed to purchase one of the ingredients so i loved that about the recipe. Thanks for the great recipe.

  8. My husband likes this recipe more than the zupa toscana at Olive Garden. He likes it so much that he’s started cooking it when he craves it. Do you have any more recipes that’ll have my husband cooking for me?!

  9. Love this soup, we make it quite often. I use spicy chipotle vegetarian sausage, and also add sweet potatoes to it. It has a awesome sweet and spicy taste, and you can barely taste the kale (we don’t have many kale fans at home)

  10. 5 stars
    We had this soup last week and it was a huge hit. So easy yet so flavorful. I have tried several of your recipes & have not been unhappy with any.

  11. I came across your page when looking for healthy kale recipes, and I’m so glad I did! Sometimes it!s hard to try new recipes because i feel it’s a waste if no one other than myself is going to eat. With that said on to the review for this soup it was sooooooo GOOD!!! We had no leftovers my 7 yr old did dig out most of the kale but am happy to say my 3 yr old didn’t notice, the soup is filling, has great flavor, and tastes great as is, tweaking completely optional. I look forward to trying out more recipes and helping get my family towards healthier eating.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this soup this week and all I can say was it was a hit. I cooup for my daughter’s family also & her family asked me to please mark this as a favorite. It was so easy. Thank you.

  13. 5 stars
    Made this today with ground Italian sausage and it was amazing. My 10 yr old and the visiting kid up the street asked for seconds. We added goat cheese for creaminess as desired and it was just too good. This will be repeated.

  14. I am making this tonight. I soaked my dry beans overnight in the refrigerator, and put them in the crockpot to cook this morning. I will freeze the excess beans in individual containers for future use. Thank you for this recipe, I needed to use up some kale.

  15. 4 stars
    This was great! I used pre-cooked chicken sausage in the casing (since that’s what I had on hand), but I think next time I’ll just use a ground chicken sausage as I think that might add a little more flavor. This was so simple to prepare and was such a fast meal. Really nice for those busy nights! I did add some more seasoning (smoked paprika along with a good amount of cayenne) just to spice things up a bit, but that might not be necessary depending on your preferences and the type of sausage you use.

  16. 4 stars
    I have made a version of this soup for years. I usually add a can of organic tomatoes or fresh when I get them in my veggie share and shredded carrots. We also top it off with freshly grated local hard cheese. I have also made with turkey sausage and just organic ground turkey both are great options. For a fun but richer option you can add organic coconut milk.

  17. Hey everyone. I’m surprised someone didn’t mention using dry beans and spouting them overnight first. A very healthy way to enjoy beans.

    It wouldn’t be as fast to make – but that’s why God made crock-pots! :-)

  18. I made this yesterday and it was amazing!!! My son ate it all and asked for more!! I made it with the sausage but since he dosent like sausage I substituted cut up healthy hot dogs in his bowl. I will be making this again soon!! Thanks, I had an over abundance of kale and was looking for some recipies to use it up.

  19. 5 stars
    I made this two nights ago with the real chicken stock (made from Lisa’s slow cooker chicken recipe – I used up all the stock as I doubled this soup recipe) and I added grated parmesan cheese on top and it was so easy and yummy. The kids didn’t go for the kale but they picked around it and were happy enough and the adults couldn’t get enough of it. Next time I might add a little more garlic. Oh and I added a little lemon juice at the end for tanginess.

  20. This sounds good to me. I am not big on sausage, but I know sometimes in soups and stews it is amazing. Will try this for dinner tomorrow. Thank you! :)

  21. This looks wonderful, but we don’t eat meat. What is your opinion on the various meat substitutes available–specifically. Quorn, Lightlife, Boca or Morningstar? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Julia. Those are not products Lisa uses. Most meat substitutes are highly highly processed.

  22. 5 stars
    This is very similar to a recipe I have been making for years. I have made it with and without meat. My children prefer it with sausage. I use organic chicken sausage and when we serve it we add a little shredded parm cheese.

  23. This looks so good! Which brands of sausage do you recommend? I have seen Applegate once, but it’s hard to find (and rather pricey).

    1. I bought raw Italian pork sausage from our farmer’s market, but they have something similar at the meat counter in both Earth Fare and Whole Foods. I hope that helps!

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