Food Sausage soup can help keep you warm on chilly days.

Sausage soup can help keep you warm on chilly days.

Warm up with this sausage and kale soup recipe

Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Whitney Packebush

Winter survival is all about one thing to me: staying warm. Since that applies when I’m indoors, too, you’re not going to find me eating a cold sandwich this time of year. I usually always have at least one soup on hand and another in the freezer (I freeze homemade soup in Mason jars, then I thaw the soup by placing the whole jar in boiling water for a quick meal). Sausage and kale soup has been one of my favorites lately — spicy, filling and easy.

Sausage and Kale Soup

Makes approximately 10 (1 cup servings)

Total time 35 minutes


1 pound spicy Italian sausage

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

6 cups chicken broth

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon sage

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

½ cup uncooked orzo pasta

1 (15 ounce) can white beans or chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1 bunch kale


Brown sausage and remove from pan. Add a small amount of oil and saute onion, carrot, celery and garlic for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Add sausage back to the pan. Add chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme, sage, salt, pepper and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and add pasta and beans. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Add cheese and kale. Simmer for 5 minutes. Serve.

About the Author

Whitney Packebush, RD, LD, is a dietitian for Fareway Food Stores. For more information or other questions, contact Whitney at

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