This unusual sounding soup is delicious. Even if you are not crazy about collards, you'll enjoy this, my family loves it!

C.H.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
6 quarts
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place water and kielbasa into a soup pot, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in diced potatoes, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes more. Add greens and beans, simmer for 20 minutes longer.

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  • While the greens and beans are cooking, place a saute pan over medium heat. Stir in the bacon, and cook to melt out some of the fat. Sir in the garlic, onions, and bell pepper; cook until the bacon is almost crisp. Drain off as much grease as you can, and add the mixture to the simmering soup, and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note

This soup, cut in half, is also well suited to the slow cooker. Just cook the bacon, garlic, onion, and bell pepper as above, then add it to the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients except for the salt and pepper. Cook on Low for 4 to 5 hours, or High for 2 1/2 hours. Season to taste and serve. Easy!

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 10.5g; carbohydrates 21.2g; fat 11.6g; cholesterol 26.2mg; sodium 406.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2008
Made this in the crock pot and it turned out wonderful and thick. Used fresh (instead of frozen) collard greens that I needed to use up. Kept everything pretty much the same as called for and it was wonderful. Don't really need too much salt or pepper. The main ingredients provide enough natural seasoning and taste. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/15/2006
would hsve been better without the potatoes and bacon. Read More
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47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2008
Made this in the crock pot and it turned out wonderful and thick. Used fresh (instead of frozen) collard greens that I needed to use up. Kept everything pretty much the same as called for and it was wonderful. Don't really need too much salt or pepper. The main ingredients provide enough natural seasoning and taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2006
Great recipe! Everyone in the family loved it. Makes a big pot of thick, hearty soup/stew. If too thick for your liking add an extra cup of water. Not much tweaking needed...only added an extra clove of garlic. Bacon was too soft, so next time I'll cook the bacon until crisp, remove from pan and then saute the onion, green pepper and garlic. Don't dice the potatoes too small or they'll break apart when cooked. Would also be good with black-eyed peas. Definitely a great tasting soup! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2006
This definitely is a hearty soup. A great way to use collard greens. It was a bit on the thick side, an extra cup of water with 1 tsp. of beef granules made it perfect, or I should say to our liking. We shall make this dish again during the winter months. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
Loved the heartiness of this. Made a pot of it to take into work for a pot luck and it went quick no leftovers to take home. I like my food a little on the spicy side so I added about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes and cumin while sautéing the onion and bell pepper and also added some beef granules to another batch for added flavor. This recipe is great and easy to make and adjust to your taste buds and is also a winner for the crock pot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2011
Delicious soup and a great way to use collard greens! Came out great in the crockpot! Fried 4 slices of bacon onion and garlic drained and put in bottom of crockpot. In same pan (minus the bacon fat!) i sliced up one pound of lite kielbasa put cut and washed collard greens on top and let it cook down a few minutes. Added that to crockpot. To the crockpot I added 2 cut up potatoes poured 1 container chicken broth over all of it and cooked on low for 6 hours. Unbelievably delicious and even better the next day. Next time I would cut potatoes a little smaller and maybe add carrots. You don't need any salt if you make it in the crockpot the kielbasa and bacon are salty enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
Cooked this soup just as the recipe states and it was great!! I'm even from the South and it passed our Southern taste buds. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2009
This was very good! Instead of water I used reduced-sodium/fat free chicken broth and instead of regular smoked sausage I used turkey smoked sausage. I didn't have any bacon so I left that out. Instead of frozen collard greens I used about 12-13 oz of fresh chopped collards. I put it in the crockpot on high for 2 1/2 hours but that wasn't long enough so I put it on the stove for another 30 minutes and it was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2010
The total cooking turns the potatoes to mush; great if you want them to act as a thickener. I planned ahead, cut them in good sized pieces and added them during the last 15 minutes. This is really a stick-to-your-ribs meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
This was the best soup! When I saw it I was a little un-sure cause it's doesn't look highly appealing. But the taste made up for that! I changed it up a little by adding like the other lady said (water) and some hot sauce... Give it a little personality of your own. But all the around it was great! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/15/2006
would hsve been better without the potatoes and bacon. Read More
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