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Sausage Kale Sweet Potato Soup

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Sausage and potato soup is full of juicy Italian sausage, diced sweet potatoes, and kale or your favorite green. Cooked in chicken broth, this hearty soup will go perfect with a nice crusty roll or side salad for a delicious lunch or dinner.

sausage & Kale Soup in pot

Hearty sausage potato soup

The cool weather has finally arrived and it's time for soup! Not any old soup either; one that is hearty and will warm you up even on the coldest of days.

This recipe for sausage, kale sweet potato soup has a little bit of everything in it and is delicious on its own, or paired with a crusty artisan roll or side salad.

Soup is a perfect way to enjoy leftovers and a healthy way to get vegetables and lean protein into the diet. As long as you follow a basic template of minimal fat (olive oil), onions, garlic, and broth (chicken, beef, seafood, or vegetable) you are set to take your dish anywhere your heart desires.

You can add fresh or frozen veggies, beans or legumes, pasta, or rice; heck, you could add all of them! 

Related recipes: Butternut Squash Soup, Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Easy Chicken Noodle Soup, French Onion Soup, Beef Barley Soup, Egg Drop Soup, Sausage and Peppers

Other Sweet Potato recipes: Crispy Shredded Sweet Potatoes, Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

sausage and kale sweet potato soup

Sausage kale and sweet potato soup Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ lb. Italian sausage, casings removed (I used 4 Italian sausage patties)
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup small pasta (shells or bow tie)
  • 4 cups chopped greens, such as kale, Swiss chard (or both!)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Kale alternatives for soup

For this particular soup, I had some kale left in the refrigerator crisper drawer and needed to use it up. We had our fill of homemade kale chips, so I needed to use this leafy green in a different way. Steaming it in the broth was perfect to soften the tough leaves enough where they kept their bite but didn't melt as spinach can often do.

You can also use:

  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach

By using sausage patties, I saved myself from the gross task of removing the outside casing! It's easier to cook and break up sausage this way, so I often will by bulk sausage and make patties myself.

A couple sweet potatoes and pasta and we were in business!

How to make sausage kale sweet potato soup

In a 5qt Dutch Oven or heavy-bottom stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes.

onions and sausage in pot

Add sausage and salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up sausage with spoon, until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes.

Add diced sweet potatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil.

pouring broth into pot

Add pasta and cook for 4 minutes. Turn heat down to simmer and add greens.

Cook until pasta is tender and greens are wilted, about 4 minutes.

Serve with parmesan if desired.

sausage kale soup

Serving suggestions

Soup is one of my most favorite go-to meals! This soup is so tasty it can be served as the main meal or served with

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Yield: 8

Sausage Kale Sweet Potato Soup

sausage potato soup

Hearty soup filled with delicious sausage, kale, sweet potatoes and pasta that will warm you up even on the coldest of days!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ lb. Italian sausage, casings removed (I used 4 Italian sausage patties)
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup small pasta (shells or bow tie)
  • 4 cups chopped greens, such as kale, Swiss chard (or both!)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a 5qt Dutch Oven or heavy-bottom stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add sausage and salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up sausage with spoon, until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add diced sweet potatoes, broth, and water. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add pasta and cook for 4 minutes. Turn heat down to simmer and add greens.
  5. Cook until pasta is tender and greens are wilted about 4 minutes.
  6. Serve with parmesan if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 14g

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Original post 1/12/16

Updated Post 11/4/20

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