A thick stew with a rich potato base, fresh kale, and slices of savory kielbasa. This is a meal all by itself.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 1-cup servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the potatoes into a large stockpot, over medium high heat. Add butter and water, and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes. Reserve the cooking liquid and mash potatoes in the pan until smooth. Return the potato water to the pot and stir in salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes.

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  • Stir in the fresh kale and sausage and simmer for another 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

453 calories; protein 15g; carbohydrates 63.8g; fat 17.3g; cholesterol 40.2mg; sodium 760.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2006
As far as Kale soup goes this is definitely 4 stars. I did make a few changes. I chose to puree the potatoes in a blender with their broth after I mashed them until smooth. I used chicken broth instead of water. Also we added one bunch of scallions chopped 3/4 cup of very thinly sliced carrots blanched until half done 3 cloves of garlic crushed and 1 tsp rosemary. All of this we added to the soup when we added the sausage and kale. My family hates kale no matter how I cook it and even they said this was okay. I got my 7 year old to try half a bowl and she never eats anything but peanut butter or rice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/27/2003
I enjoyed this soup -- but my family thought it was disgusting. So you really have to like kale to try this one. Very tasty but the potato base was more watery than I was expecting. I also added much more salt -- about 3 t. Read More
(5)
86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2006
As far as Kale soup goes this is definitely 4 stars. I did make a few changes. I chose to puree the potatoes in a blender with their broth after I mashed them until smooth. I used chicken broth instead of water. Also we added one bunch of scallions chopped 3/4 cup of very thinly sliced carrots blanched until half done 3 cloves of garlic crushed and 1 tsp rosemary. All of this we added to the soup when we added the sausage and kale. My family hates kale no matter how I cook it and even they said this was okay. I got my 7 year old to try half a bowl and she never eats anything but peanut butter or rice. Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2011
I made a few modifications as suggested by other reviewers and WOW, this was a GREAT soup. My husband hates kale, and even he loved it. I started by cutting up and browning the sausage in the soup pan. Removed and set aside, then boiled the potatoes in only 8 cups water with 2 chicken bullion cubes. I cut back the butter to 1 tbl. when I'm using real sausage (as opposed to turkey sausage) b/c I figure there's enough fat already. Any sausage will do, I've used hot and mild Italian. Once the potatoes are tender, I don't bother to reserve the liquid. Just take a hand masher and mash them in the water. I didn't use as much kale as the recipe calls for, and I also threw in some swiss and rainbow chard. This is a new favorite in our house! Update: Trying to get away from bullion cubes (have you looked at the ingredients?!) so I'm now using 4 c. homemade chicken stock and 4 c. water, plus a little more salt. Last batch had kale, chard and turnip greens, plus a few turnips mixed in with the potatoes. Read More
(47)
Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2006
I made a change to this recipe that I think might address other reviewers' comments about watery taste. I split the kielbasa lengthwise and browned it in the same pan in which I later boiled the potatoes. I think this made my version a little richer and more flavorful (and gave a browner color). I also added a ham-flavor bouillon cube to the cooking liquid. These two things made it quite flavorful and salty enough. The really great thing about this Kielbasa Kale Stew is its versatility. It seems to accomodate a wide variety of different ingredients and still come out wonderfully. I added turnip greens (and a few little turnip pieces too) in addition to kale. I also upped the sausage to 1 lb (since it comes in 1 lb. packages!) and only used 4 large potatoes. Thanks for the tasty, inexpensive, and easy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Very good recipe. I cook for a pre-school (3 to 5 year olds) and made this for a cooks choice. That kids loved it. I did add some chopped onion added some evaporated milk as substitute for part of the water and used turkey kielbasa. It was a big hit with the adults too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2004
This soup was delicious I love finding a great soup that is also good for you & low in fat. I used turkey sausage. Very Important: increase salt to about 2 1/2 tsp. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2012
This was quite good. I made modifications based on others' reviews. And as I came on to review this I noticed I left out the butter! Oh well it was very good anyhow and I DID use a little olive oil as I cut up 1 pound of kielbasa and sauted it a bit with onions and garlic before adding it to the soup. I also used chicken broth rather than water but less probably 6 cups. I don't think I used that much kale...I used a bag of fresh kale from Trader Joe's that was already chopped. It was my first experience using kale. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2007
My mom has been making "Kale Soup" for years but with Portuguese sausage it's delicious ours also has kidney beans in it. To thicken the broth slightly mash some of the beans with a potato masher until most of the skins break open. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2009
My husband and I LOVED this recipe! He was skeptical at first - but is now asking when I'll make it again! Based on other reviews we changed things up slightly... we skipped the butter and the salt altogether (for a healthier dish) and we substituted turkey kielbasa instead of regular. We did brown the sausage first as another reader recommends and then cooked our potatoes in the same pan with 8 cups of low-sodium chicken broth (instead of water.) We also added onions and garlic to the recipe... FANTASTIC! Can't wait to make it again! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2005
This recipe is very good... however I did make a few changes. 1st I used 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 can of veggie broth to replace some of the water. 2nd I did not totally mash the potatoes just smashed them up till chunky. It was very easy to make and is really yummy!! THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
08/27/2003
I enjoyed this soup -- but my family thought it was disgusting. So you really have to like kale to try this one. Very tasty but the potato base was more watery than I was expecting. I also added much more salt -- about 3 t. Read More
(5)
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