Delightful Kale and Sausage Soup for Fall

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Kale and Meatball Soup

I don’t know about you, but when the weather gets the slightest bit cold I crave soup. Especially wholesome and hearty soup that is full of all the healthy things. Like kale and brown rice, and mushrooms and carrots. In times like that, this kale and sausage soup is just the thing.

Updated recipe & instructions 3/4/22.

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My daughter, a SoCal native, is particularly sensitive to the cold and says that anything under 72 degrees is “xx below.” For example, 66 degrees is 6 below. I know what you’re thinking — that we are clueless pansies. You’re not wrong.

But our general weakness when it comes to the chill means we get to bundle up in sweaters and scarves and boots and hats and coats when the rest of you thickbloods would be wearing shorts and tank tops. It means that when we leave the windows open all night we get to light a fire in the fireplace. And then later we turn on the A/C. SoCal problems…

Autumn, no matter where you live, brings a return to the comforts of home. And for me it means more time spent in the kitchen. Since I work full time, my mornings are often rushed and packing a lunch is a chore. So that’s where a big batch of hearty soup comes in.

Kale and Sausage Soup
Kale and Sausage Soup

Sunday mornings call for a visit to the farmers market, and Sunday afternoons are spent roasting chickens, baking bread and making soup. I always make enough for several lunches during the week.

I love this very versatile soup, if possible, made with homemade chicken bone broth. If you start with a great stock, your soup will be amazing no matter what you put into it. Last weekend’s version included sautéed carrots, celery and mushrooms, spicy chicken sausage, a huge pile of chopped kale and some brown rice. It’s naturally gluten-free and totally filling. I have a feeling this will be on the menu a lot this fall and winter. Because when it’s 6 below, you need a healthy and hearty soup to help keep you warm. Right?

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Kale Sausage and Vegetable Soup

Kale, Sausage & Vegetable Soup

Alison Needham
This hearty soup is chock full of wholesome goodness like kale, carrots, mushrooms and brown rice. I always make a huge batch so I have plenty leftover for lunches during the week.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 255 kcal



  • Drizzle some olive oil, about a tablespoon, in a large stockpot and place over medium heat. Pinch small lumps of sausage out of the casing to make small meatballs and add to the hot oil. Brown on all sides and remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion, garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms to the pan and sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and the veggies begin to soften.
  • Return the sausage to the pan and add the kale, stock and minced herbs. It will seem like a lot of kale, but it will shrink. Bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the kale is tender. Stir in the cooked brown rice. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 21gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 805mgPotassium: 744mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 7146IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 2mg
Keyword kale, kale sausage soup
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