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Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

Hearty, healthy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup is full of flavor, loaded with vitamins, and comes together in under 30 minutes!

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Well, friends, I’ve resisted for years, but I finally decided to jump on the kale bandwagon. Okay, perhaps “bandwagon” is too extreme. Rather, I tried kale in this soup, and I actually liked it!

I’ll probably get my Southerner card revoked for such blasphemy, but as much as I love spinach, I’ve never really been a fan of the heartier greens. However, seeing as how kale recipes and ideas are everywhere you look, I decided it’s probably time I give it a go.

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Soup seemed like an innocuous enough medium for my family’s first foray into kale, and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with how tasty this White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup turned out! I toyed with the idea of cooking a pot of dried white beans to act as the base of the soup, and you could certainly do so, but I ultimately decided to go with canned beans in order make this a quick and easy supper.

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com This soup is super simple to throw together. Start by browning some smoked sausage slices, such as kielbasa or even andouille if you prefer a little spice. Set aside the sausage and, in the same pot, simmer a bunch of kale in a few cups of chicken stock or broth. In the meantime, puree some drained, rinsed white beans while leaving a portion of the beans whole. After the kale has wilted, add the whole beans, puree, and sausage back to the pot, season, and cook until heated through. Serve with plenty of grated Parmesan (or feta) on top. Warm, filling, healthy, and delicious!

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com Now here’s my secret to getting my kids (and my husband…and, okay, myself) to willingly eat the kale. Instead of leaving the leaves in large pieces, I shredded them up in the food processor before adding them to the soup. (To save on clean-up, I later used the same dirty food processor bowl to puree my beans…no need to wash it in between!) Having soft, small bits of kale distributed throughout the soup proved to be palatable to those who might not otherwise enjoy chewing up large green leaves. Of course, seeing all of those mysterious green pieces swimming around in their soup, my kids immediately asked me what it was…and I gave them a pseudo-truth.

It’s called kale. You know…it’s kind of like parsley.

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

For some reason, my children aren’t offended by herbs, so they accepted my explanation and proceeded to scarf down their soup. They occasionally cast a suspicious eye in my direction, but they ate it. And really, kale and parsley have to be related somewhere down the line, right? I mean, they’re both dark green, edible plants… πŸ˜‰

One last thing to note is that I originally garnished this soup with shredded Parmesan, and that’s how I planned on writing the recipe. But upon reheating the soup leftovers one night, I realized that I was out of Parmesan and only had a tub of crumbled feta in the fridge. So I decided to try that instead and boy am I glad I did! The feta somewhat melted into the hot soup, lending a creamy consistency that was pretty darn yummy.

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com The next time you need a quick, wholesome, cozy dinner, I encourage you to give this Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup a try! If you’re already a fan of kale, I think you’ll love it. And if you’ve spent all of your years thus far avoiding kale…well, join the cool kids and give it a go. I think you’ll be happy to learn that something so vitamin-packed can actually (surprisingly?) taste so good.

Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

Hearty, healthy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup is full of flavor, loaded with vitamins, and comes together in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces smoked sausage links, such as kielbasa or andouille, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups chicken broth or stock, divided
  • 8 ounces kale, tough stems removed and finely chopped/shredded
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans white beans (such as Cannellini, Great Northern, or Navy), rinsed and drained
  • A few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese OR crumbled feta cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in pot, swirl to coat, and add sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the sausage is browned. Remove sausage to a paper towel-lined plate, pour a bit more oil in the center of the pot, and add minced garlic. Stir and cook for about 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant and light golden brown.
  2. Pour 4 cups chicken broth/stock into pot and stir in kale, bay leaf, and garlic powder. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Place about 1/3 of the drained beans in a blender or food processor along with the remaining 1 cup chicken broth/stock. Puree until smooth.
  4. Once kale is tender, add whole beans, purreed beans, and browned sausage to the pot. Season with dashes of hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper, to taste. Stir and simmer for a few minutes until heated through. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Notes

I pulse the kale leaves (after removing tough stems) in my food processor (using the regular blade) until shredded (but not pureed). After adding the kale to the soup, I use the same food processor bowl (without cleaning it first) to puree the beans.

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  1. This is so timely for me I just got a big bunch of kale in my CSA share and was wondering what to do with it. I’m getting tired of just sautΓ©ing it in garlic and olive oil. It’s going to be cool this week, so this soup sounds wonderful!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Kristin…I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to give this soup a try! I hope it’s a hit, and I hope your week is off to a great start! πŸ™‚

  2. Great soup recipes. Thanks Samantha.

  3. I flipping love soup! This one looks hearty and delicious!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha, Amber…thanks! If you flipping love soup, you definitely need to give this one a try. πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t believe how filling it was! Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you’re having a great week!

  4. Samantha, it took me forever to get on the heartier greens train but now that I’m on it, I can’t stop! This soup looks so healthy and hearty. Great use of kale πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You and me both, Amy…I started with green smoothies and I’m gradually working my way up. πŸ˜‰ But I have to agree that I’m enjoying healthy greens now that I’ve started giving them a fair shot! Glad I’m not the only one who took awhile to come around… Happy Friday!

  5. I saw this recipe just in time for grocery shopping this week! I just made this soup and it is delicious!! It definitely will be a new go to recipe in my house! Thanks Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      That makes me very happy to hear, Kathryn…I’m so glad that you enjoyed this soup! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. It is simple. That’s the beauty of it. This is the type of soup that family dives right into down the last drop. Pair it with some crusty bread or even a pan full of biscuits
    and there you go—the full meal deal.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Your sweet words always make my day, Carol…they’re like the poetry of my comments section! Thanks so much for regularly stopping by…I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  7. Hi Samantha,
    Thanks for this recipe. The soup looks delicious. I pinned it πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful day!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Janet…thanks so much for the pin! πŸ™‚ Enjoy this soup and I hope your Friday is fabulous!

  8. I never would have thought to do feta in something like this, but I’m totally trying it! I pinned this for later – can’t wait until it’s cold and i NEED soup.

    Also, I used to nanny and “lie to the children about foods that creep them out” was my favorite tactic. Followed closely by “bribe them”.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I know, Elizabeth…feta sounds rather odd in this soup but it is unbelievably good! It’s makes it tangy and creamy at the same time — yum! Thanks so much for the pin and I hope you enjoy this recipe when you try it! Also, your comment about nannying cracked me up…sometimes we just do what we have to do, right?! πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re having a great weekend…thanks for stopping by!

  9. I love this idea for an easy weeknight supper. It looks delicious!!! Stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday! :0

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Renee! This soup is definitely easy and definitely yummy. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for hopping over…hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

  10. I love kale and I’m always looking for more ways to enjoy it. Thanks for this great soup Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re so welcome, Bri! I have to say that kale has been growing on me since trying this soup. It’s definitely going to be a repeat recipe around here! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by…hope your weekend is going well!

  11. This looks like such a yummy combination! I love adding greens to my soups. Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hope you love this soup if you have a chance to try it, Alyssa! I’ll definitely be adding greens to my soups more regularly since this one was such a success… πŸ™‚

  12. I’d like to give this a try…just have to find a sub for the beans. We are not a bean family.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I can totally understand that, Meghan. Maybe try subbing a mini pasta? Or rice? Or potatoes? πŸ™‚ Have fun experimenting!

  13. We love soup here…and kale! Every single one of my kids likes kale! One does a great job of cooking it too…my oldest son…go figure. It’s the only thing he actually likes to cook. This is definitely a recipe we’ll try. Thanks for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays last week. So sorry I am running a little behind! Hope you’ve joined us again this week…I’ll be making more rounds there later today! Pinning to my personal boards as well as Foodie Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m very impressed that your kids all love kale, Michelle…and I might have to get your oldest son’s recipe for it. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pins, and I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  14. Making this as i type! it looks and smells delish! just wanted to point out that you never said when to add the sausage back in. I’m just going to add it when i add the pureed beans since its already cooked. can’t wait to dig in!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are correct, Cari! I talked about when to add back the sausage in the body of the post, but I forgot to include it in the recipe directions. Fixing it now! So sorry about that…I’m glad you were able to figure out my omission and I hope this soup was a hit! πŸ™‚

  15. Delicious sounding recipe! I’m going to whip this up tonight. I noticed that the last step with the sausage is to remove it and drain on a towel. I’m assuming you add it back in when you add the beans but I thought I would mention it, blogger to blogger. Have a delicious evening!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for pointing that out, Katie-Rose! Yes, add the browned sausage back at the same time as the beans…I’ve already fixed the recipe. πŸ™‚ Hope this soup was a hit!

  16. I just made this soup tonight for my scared to death of vegetables family. I am on a journey to eat and live healthier and have just joined the super greens/super foods wagon. Was so excited to try this soup. It was not a disappointment! To my utter shock and amazement my daughter LOVED IT!! She hates all greens, but she loved this soup. My husband had two bowls!! I did make one minor adjustment and added half a cup of heavy cream. Just thought it would help my crew decide to try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This one is definitely a keeper!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Autumn…I love comments like that! πŸ™‚ Any recipe that convinces my family to ingest green veggies is a winner in my book as well. I’m very happy that your family was so receptive to this one! Hope y’all enjoy this soup for many years to come… πŸ™‚

  17. This was very good. I used smoked artichoke mozzarella garlic chicken sausages. I skipped the step where you blend some of the beans and instead added them with the kale before simmering.

    My first experience with Kale was on pizza and my first impression was not very favorable. I really enjoy it in soup, though.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed this, Deanna! Kale has been hit or miss for me as well, but I really enjoy it in this soup. I bet the sausage you used was particularly tasty! Thanks for the comment and hope your week is off to a great start!

  18. Just a quick question (and sorry if I missed it) but how many servings does this make? I’m going to make this for my family’s Christmas soup potluck and I need a lot! Deciding if I should double or triple. Thank you!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      No problem, Peg…the yield is up at the very top of the recipe (above the photo) and it’s kind of small, so it’s definitely easy to miss. πŸ™‚ This recipe makes 6 to 8 servings, depending on how hearty your eaters are. Hope that helps, and I hope everyone enjoys it at the Christmas potluck…have a wonderful holiday season!

  19. Can I use a ground sausage for this instead of having the slices? If so- how much would you recommend?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Heather! I think you could definitely use ground sausage instead of sliced links in this soup. I’d probably use an equivalent amount — 12 ounces or so. Just make sure that you brown it in a pan before adding it to the soup. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the question…hope you enjoy!

  20. Great, easy, fast recipe. So very tasty. I dI’d not have a bay leaf and it still turned out so delicious.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So glad you enjoyed this, Danielle! I add a bay leaf to all sorts of recipes for a little extra flavor, but this soup definitely works without one as well. πŸ™‚

  21. This recipe was a success and very popular with my family. Yum! Great way to use up those canned beans in the cupboard.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to hear that, Julia! Thanks for sharing, and hope you’re having a happy Friday! πŸ™‚

  22. I am just becoming hip to kale myself. I made this tonight and it was delicious! Definitely something I would make again. Any idea on calories per serving? I used smoked Turkey sausage… Thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Amanda! I’m so glad you enjoyed this soup! I don’t really have a way to calculate calories for my recipes on my site, but after I received your comment, I submitted this recipe to a site called My Recipe Magic, which does provide nutrition information. If you click on this link, you should see little tabs at the top of the recipe. The second one says “Nutrition.” You can find an estimate of calories there, although pay attention to the yield of servings that they are going by for their calculations. Also, since my original recipe doesn’t specifically call for turkey sausage, you can probably shave off a few calories since you used that. πŸ˜‰ Again, this tool may not be perfectly exact, but hopefully it will at least give you a ballpark idea of nutrition info for this recipe. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps, and hope you’re having a great week!

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