Kale, White Bean and Sausage Soup

I was definitely coming down with something and knew a good hearty soup would help get me through a couple days of sickness. Sadly by the following day when I finally made it to the doctor I found out the flu that has become an epidemic was what I had. This soup definitely helped; though, the Tamiflu medicine is pretty helpful too.

Whether you are healthy or sick this soup makes for a hearty dish during the winter months. It can also easily be made vegan by removing the sausage.

Kale, White Bean and Sausage Soup
Serves 4

2 medium onions, diced
8 cloves garlic, slivers
1 tsp paprika
4 bay leaves
pinch chili flakes
2 cans cannelini beans
1 bunch dinosaur kale, chopped
1 25 oz chopped Pomi tomatoes
3 cups vegetable broth
3 spicy italian sausages, bite-size cut
olive oil
pepper and salt to taste

Put a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-high heat stockpot and add the onions with a pinch of salt, chili, bay leaves and paprika.  Let that cook for a 5 minutes until the onions become translucent, then add the garlic.  Cook for another 2 minutes.

Add everything else except the sausage and kale.  Bring everything to a boil and season with your liking of pepper and salt.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

While everything else is cooking, heat the sausage in a saute pan and brown it with some olive oil turning and cooking on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes for precooked sausage. Add to the soup. When you are about 10 minutes away from serving, add the kale to the soup.

Serve with some sourdough bread and some shaved parmesan cheese.


  • Whenever I see soups like this every little bit of me wants to start liking beans! It always looks so good! Ah, maybe I’ll just have to make it without!

    • You can easily substitute a pasta for the beans. I’d recommend Ditalini pasta that you typically see in Minestroni soups.

  • Sounds delicious, I bet my husband would love it. =)
    You mentioned Italian sausage in the ingredients list. Does it have another name?

    • Most delis will have Italian sausage. It usually comes in two choices: mild or hot/spicy. Use which ever you prefer. You can also use Polish Kielbasa.

  • I love cooking sauces or soup with Italian sausage because they add so much flavor. This looks delicious! Hope you are feeling better soon!

    • Thanks this soup helped in starting to feel better.