A Daily Dinner: Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup

Ingredients for Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup

We safely made it to Dallas, but I have one small complaint: it’s FREEZING here! Not that New York is a tropical paradise, but I at least thought that venturing 1,500 miles south would warrant somewhat warmer temperatures.

Fortunately, this dinner we made last week is perfect for chasing away the chill. I foresee myself making it at least once during my stay.


The inspiration for this soup came from a post on Hummingbird Tongues.

I love using kale in soups and stews and all of the other ingredients work together so seamlessly that I knew I needed to give this a try. I can never get enough kale!

Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup

Kale, Sausage, and Potato Soup
Adapted from Hummingbird Tongues

1 lb. Italian sausage
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 lb. potatoes, sliced into rounds
3 tbsp. flour
4 c. chicken stock
1 large bay leaf
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
1/2 c. heavy cream
Salt and pepper

1. Remove sausage from casings and form into medium-sized meatballs.
2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the garlic, cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3. Reduce heat to low and add the meatballs. Cover the pot and let steam for 3-4 minutes, or until firm.
4. Once the meatballs are firm enough to stir, increase the heat to medium-high and brown the meatballs for about 5 minutes.
5. Add the flour and potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, until it smells toasty.
6. Pour in the chicken stock, add the bay leaf and stir well well, scraping the bottom of the pot. Bring soup to a boil.
7. Once the soup boils, reduce the heat to low and partially cover the pot, cooking for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
8. Add crushed red pepper and kale, cooking until kale it is just wilted.
9. Remove from heat, stir in cream and season to taste.

Sausage Meatballs

After cooking, I also used a fork to mash a few of the potatoes, creating a chunky, creamy stew. The results were incredibly rich and like most soups, even tastier the next day. It could also be made with vegetable broth and no sausage for an easy vegetarian dinner.

If you’re planning on heading home for the holidays, consider adding this soup to your menu!

- Laura


  1. Shoko
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 18:35:37

    Looks yum!


  2. apronless
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 22:51:38

    I’m so glad to see you made this soup! It is perfect for warming you up from the belly outward (the best type of warming up, in my opinion).


  3. Nico('s Tiny Kitchen)
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 23:28:16

    Mm, it reminds me of Portuguese Caldo Verde! Basically the same exact ingredients, excepted with cured sausage (chorizo) … something I have been meaning to make for several weeks. Looks delicious


  4. Sook
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 15:36:23

    I make something very similar too, the one you see at Olive Garden’s! I love adding kale, so delicious!


  5. Charissa
    Dec 14, 2011 @ 16:26:41

    It’s funny…because I LOVE kale, but I always forget about it! Thanks for the reminder that I really should pick some up! :)
    This recipe looks delish!


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    Jan 05, 2012 @ 19:17:54

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  7. Megan
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 18:31:38

    This soup is amazing. This recipe is definitely a keeper!


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