Warm Sausage & Kale Soup

Warm Sausage & Kale Soup that is delicious, healthy, and perfect for a rainy day or any day.

I hate snow.

No.  I mean, I really hate snow.

I know so many people who stand back in awe at the first snowfall of the season.  And I, who am normally so able to be wonderstruck by the beauty in nature see the first snow fall as . . . . well, as Mother Nature giving me the finger.

I’m not the only one either.

My roommate sophomore year in college told me at about 8 a.m. on the morning of the first snowfall, “If you see some puke on the sidewalk when you head out, that was me.”  I get it.  Snow makes some people sick.

The maybe one redeeming quality of snow is coming in from it.  {Does that even count as a redeeming quality??}  You whip up something warm and tasty and let it heat you up from the inside out.

One of my favorite things to warm up with is food.  Really any warm comforting food.  But I especially like a delicious soup.

When I started cooking, I was super intimated to make soups.  I don’t even know why.  They are the perfect thing to make when you are starting to learn.  They are kind of hard to mess up, and you can throw lots of delicious things together to make something even more delicious!

This was a Rachael Ray recipe to being with, but I tweaked it a little bit to make it a touch more flavorful and a ton easier {I really almost wrote “more easier”}.  Also, I really like making it with gluten free brown rice noodles, so it can also work wonderfully as a gluten free meal.

It is hearty, healthy, filling, and warms you to the core.

The first time I made it was for my “book” club (read: my friends and I sitting around drinking wine and pretending we are in Cancun on vacation without a care in the world).  It was a big hit, and since then it has become a winter staple in my house.

So maybe this soup can count as another redeeming quality of winter and snow.

But don’t get any crazy ideas, Snow.  As delicious as this soup is, as much as I love a good hot toddy, as delightful as Christmas is, you and I are not friends.

Warm Sausage & Kale Soup

  • 1.22 lb. package of Jennie-o Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like things spicy)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz package of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, stems removed, and ripped up
  • 1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup noodles (I use elbow or penne)
  • 15 oz can Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  1. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat, spray with olive oil, and cook sausage until no longer pink, between five and seven minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, and mushrooms, breaking up the mushrooms as you add them.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft, about five minutes.
  3. Toss in the kale, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Cook until the kale is wilted, about five minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, and bring it to a boil.  Then add the noodles and cook about a minute shy of the package directions.
  5. Toss in the beans, and stir in until they heat through.
  6. Serve with crusty bread and let it heat you up until you forget that its a wasteland of white out there.


  1. says

    That looks DELICIOUS. I too, am not a fan of snow. It’s hard, having kids…it seems a natural love for them. Grace is already talking about how she can’t wait to make a snowman and snow angels. It’s going to be a long winter and it hasn’t even started yet.

    Oh…and I totally think you should whip up some of those taggies and list them in Etsy store too!

    • says

      Thanks Amy!

      When will kids learn that snow is cold and worth avoiding at all cost?? : )

      Are you thinking the shark taggies? Thanks! That’s such a compliment. I’m not sure I have enough confidence in my sewing skills yet.

  2. says

    Your soup looks wonderful! I love kale, and love using it in different ways! Nothing like a bowl of some delicious soup on a cold night like this!

  3. Vickie Laubner says

    I do not understand why there is a need to use 25 pieces of paper to get a copy of your recipe! PLEASE make it possible to have a great recipe without breaking the bank and killing so many trees!!! Love the food. HATE the format. Give me a break! We are retired and want to be healthy. I look for good stuff but do not want the retirement $$$ to go to Office Depot!!!!

    • says

      Vickie, my apologies. This is an older recipe, I have three little kids, so I haven’t had the time to go back and reformat all of my over 500 posts. What you could do with some of these older posts is simply copy the recipe and paste it into a word document. It will take you less than a minute and save you tons of paper. Hope you have a great day. Happy New Year!


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