Sausage & kale soup

I'm on a bit of a soup kick lately and this sausage and kale soup is the latest big pot of comfort to come out of my kitchen. When it comes to soup, I don't do it watery. I like it chunky and I like it chock full of tasty ingredients. This is a soup for people who don't really like soup. 

It's all about big flavour and texture here. It starts with plenty of onion and garlic in the pan, followed by seasoned sausage meat, chicken broth, dark green vitamin-rich kale, and tender dots of peperini pasta. There's mega flavour in a bowl of this.

Any kind of ground sausage meat will do in this soup. I used three large cajun pork sausages, splitting them lengthwise with a knife and peeling off the casings.

Kale is a vegetable I'd like to start putting in my grocery cart more often. It's super nutritious, versatile, and tastes a lot like broccoli. Peperini pasta makes this soup a real hungry man's dinner, adding texture and bulk.

Here's how I made it:

splash olive oil
2/3 cup onion, diced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
300 g sausage meat (casings removed)
4 cups chicken broth
6 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups kale, roughly chopped
3/4 cup peperini pasta

I heated the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. I added the onion and garlic to the oil and cooked for a couple minutes, just until soft. The sausage meat went in next, and I used a wooden spoon to break it up into smallish pieces while it browned. Once the sausage was browned, I added the chicken broth, water, salt, and kale and increased the heat to high to bring the soup to a boil. Once bubbling, I added the peperini and lowered the heat to low, simmering the soup, covered, for 30 minutes.

That is one handsome soup right there! Good looking AND full of personality. I couldn't wait to get a spoon into a big bowl of this.

What kinds of soups are favourites in your kitchen? Do you have any non soup eaters in your family? Share your own soup recipes and links in the comments and tell me what's happening in your soup pot this week.


  1. I make a soup with sausage, potato and kale that is so good so I'm definitely going to have to try this!!

  2. Yum! I do pretty much this exact same soup but with Spinach... Kale would be so great in it!

  3. This soup is AMAZING! I made it with rice instead of the pasta because my grocery store didn't have any. Sooooooo good! :D

  4. I'm making this tonight! With orzo though as I could not find peperini. So excited!!

  5. Yum! I just followed the link you left for Rebecca! It looks delicious. Now I wish I had sausage thawing...

  6. This soup look super-delish and like you, I'm trying to get my family eating more kale. We are a grain-free family so i am going to sub in cauliflour (finely pulsed in the food processor) in place of the pasta. I'll let you know how it turns out. Beautiful Blog.

  7. This soup looks so good, especially for the cool weather we're finally starting to have on the island. All hail kale!

  8. This particular soups appears so great, specifically for the actual awesome climate we are lastly beginning to possess about the isle. Just about all are kale!

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  9. Delicious! I have made this multiple times and my whole family loves it. Even the 3 year old and the 5 year old. I add some Italian seasoning in while the onion and garlic are cooking. So good!

    1. Thanks for letting me know how much you like this one, Stephanie!