Hearty Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup

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"This is such a great soup; packed full of vegetables, kale, and spicy Italian sausage. It is also a bit of a "clean out the refrigerator" soup, so if you don't have one of the vegetables, don't worry - this soup is very flexible. Sometimes when I make it, I may not have one or two of the vegetables, so I just add a few more of one of the other vegetables I do have."

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (695.2 g)
  • Calories 426.7
  • Total Fat - 14.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 108.9 mg
  • Sodium - 2538.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.2 g
  • Sugars - 6.1 g
  • Protein - 48.1 g
  • Calcium - 143.4 mg
  • Iron - 7.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 30.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Sausage ... Remove the sausage from the casing and lightly break up the sausage. Brown in a large dutch oven over medium heat - if you brown it slowly, you should not need to add any oil - unless you are using a turkey sausage or a lean sausage. Try not to break up the sausage too much as it cooks, I like larger pieces for a little texture. Once the sausage is done, remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Keep 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of the sausage drippings to saute the vegetables.

Step 2

Vegetable Base ... Add the onion, celery, carrots, peppers, jalapeno, garlic, and a pinch of both salt and pepper and saute on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until slightly tender. If you used a lean sausage, you may need to add a little olive oil, but only if necessary. Then add in the tomatoes, broth, all purpose seasoning, and thyme and bring to a light boil.

Step 3

Reduce the heat to medium low and add the sausage back in as well as the corn, potatoes, and beans. Cook 4-5 minutes to heat everything back up and then season with salt and pepper. Add in the kale and simmer until tender - about 20-30 minutes.

Step 4

Finish ... Before serving, add in the parsley and season one more time with salt and pepper if necessary.

Step 5

Serve ... Serve and enjoy. This is a very thick and hearty soup and a good crusty bread goes perfect. If you want, parmesan cheese is a nice garnish.

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