Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale

Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
430 Calories
29g Fat
29g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 430
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 860mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 888mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Potatoes, Italian sausage, and nutritious kale get together in this yummy soup. This thick and hearty soup is the perfect meal for a brisk fall or winter evening. It makes a great lunch soup as well. Serve cups of this delicious soup along with sandwiches or a salad. 

Use sweet Italian sausage or another mild or spicy fresh pork sausage in this flavorful potato soup. If you like to avoid red meat, make it with turkey sausage. The bacon provides a tasty garnish for the soup, but omit if you'd like. If you don't use bacon, increase the butter to 4 tablespoons.

Feel free to use chopped chard leaves, escarole, or spinach in the soup if you don't have fresh or frozen kale on hand. For a creamier soup, reduce the amount of chicken stock to 3 cups and increase the heavy cream (or half-and-half) to 2 cups.


  • 3/4 pound Italian sausage links

  • 3 thick slices bacon, diced

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock

  • 4 cups diced potatoes

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped kale

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • Freshly  ground black pepper, to taste

  • Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, for optional garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. With a fork, prick the sausages in several places.

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  3. Place sausages in a medium pot. Add water to cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook the sausages for about 20 minutes.

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  4. Remove the sausages to a cutting board and slice them thinly. Set aside.

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  5. Put the diced bacon in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat; cook until it is crisp and browned, turning and stirring frequently.

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  6. Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain.

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  7. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pot. Add the butter to the pot and place it back over medium heat.

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  8. When the butter has melted, add the chopped onion and sliced carrots. Cook until the onions are tender, stirring frequently. Add the thyme and garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly 

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  9. Add the flour to the pot and stir to blend. Continue cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

    flour added to the carrots and onions in the pot

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  10. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

    chicken stock added to the flour, onion and carrot mixture in the pot

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  11. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes.

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  12. Add the reserved browned sausage slices and potatoes; cover and cook for 15 minutes longer.

    sausage and potatoes added to the vegetables and stock in the pot

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  13. Add the kale; cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until the vegetables are very tender.

    kale added to the sausage and potato soup

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  14. Add the heavy cream to the soup and stir to blend. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Continue cooking until the soup is hot.

    heavy cream added to the sausage and potato soup in the pot

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  15. Crumble the reserved bacon over the soup and garnish with cheese, if desired. Serve the soup with crusty bread or buttered biscuits. Enjoy!

    Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale in a bowl

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