Kale and Sausage Soup


Delicious spicy mushroom and kale soup with sausage!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups water, or more as needed

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon dried sage, or more to taste

  • 1 pound ground hot Italian sausage

  • 4 red potatoes, or more to taste, chopped

  • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed and chopped

  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, quartered

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a stockpot over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and stir until mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk chicken broth and water into roux, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and sage; cook until mixture has thickened and onions are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess grease.

  3. Add sausage, potatoes, kale, and mushrooms to the stockpot. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes. Add half-and-half and season with salt and pepper.


Sometimes I end up throwing another 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter in the soup and sometimes 2 more tablespoons of flour to make it a little thicker. You can also throw in another tablespoon of sage; I think that it makes it taste good.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
27g Fat
17g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1070mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 42mg 209%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 627mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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