Spicy Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup

It is difficult sometimes to think of delicious and interesting dishes to make for dinner. You would think that it comes so easily and so naturally to me, constantly being around food and all. The truth of the matter is that even for me, a self-proclaimed foodie, it is rather tough at times to create new and exciting recipes for dinner. There are days when I am all out of ideas and absolutely nothing comes to mind. There are no creative juices left, and I am left to ponder the age old question. “What are we having for dinner tonight?” Sure it would be easier to eat out and not have to worry about cooking, but that even becomes stressful. Where do I go for dinner? What shall I eat? There are so many choices out there that it becomes overwhelming and suddenly staying in, cooking a simple dinner at home in my own kitchen, sounds very appetizing once again. And I am back to where I started. I will then force myself, as a last resort, to go to the grocery store and see what looks good. At times I will think of something to cook, there on the spot, as I surround myself with what the market has to offer on that particular day.

I am often asked how is it that I come up with my recipes? Where do I get inspiration? How do I even begin to formulate ideas, brainstorm, and test out my recipes? I think it is nearly impossible to say that a recipe is completely thought up or originally invented by one particular person, especially nowadays. After all, how many ways are there to make a soup? They pretty much all start the same way with mostly similar ingredients; veggies, stock, and some sort of protein. Cooking or baking is not necessarily about inventing a recipe from scratch all on your own—because I think although completely doable—it would prove to be difficult in some way, shape, or form because yours would inevitably be similar to someone else’s out there in the world. It is only logical. It is okay to draw inspiration from someone else’s recipe. It is when you begin to change ingredients, swap out amounts, add here and take away there, that it really becomes your recipe. It starts to take shape and become a piece of you. Then, and only then, when you have perfected your new dish and have made it several times can you call it your recipe with pride.

My ideas come from other food blogs, magazines, books, online research and friends and family. Sometimes I even formulate ideas based solely on images I find online. I will stumble upon a delicious looking photograph on the internet and begin to research recipes, combining ingredients and methods from all different sources to make the recipe my own. Then finally when I get around to testing out a recipe and actually making it, I will change things as I go along. Adding seasonings or ingredients that I know will go well together or enhance the overall flavors. That comes from experience of trial and error. In this day and age, we all take inspiration from someone or something. A dish we once tried at a restaurant. A recipe we stumbled upon online. A magazine article with a simple and easy dinner idea. A cookbook we have booked marked all throughout, vowing to trying out some of the dishes inside. It is rather simple to formulate ideas, if you think about it. After all food is all around us. Why not start creating your own kitchen masterpieces?

This is probably the easiest recipe on the planet. It seems silly to even photograph it and post it up on the site, BUT it is probably one of the most tastiest of soups I’ve ever had. So it is worth putting it up after all. A mere 40 something images, this is probably my shortest post to-date. Yay for firsts! And if it isn’t, let’s pretend it is. I’m too lazy to check my facts.

We start by heating up a large heavy duty pot. I like to use a dutch oven, any large pot will do.

Turn the heat up to medium-high.

We begin with spicy Italian sausage.

Two notes. First off, I’m using a spicy chicken sausage, but if you want to use the traditional pork variety, by all means use that instead.

Second note, if you’re not much of a spicy food person, feel free to use the sweet Italian sausage or a mild sausage. The choice is up to you. No matter what you decide on, it’ll taste just as wonderful.

Okay I lied, there are three notes, lastly if you find the sausage in a package, just remove the casing before you cook the sausage. I found mine at the butcher counter, by the pound. Saves me a step.

Drop the sausage into the hot pot, and begin to crumble it with a wooden spoon.

It doesn’t have to be a wooden spoon, you can use whatever utensil you’d like to use really, I just find it easier to crumble the sausage with a wooden spoon. It’s sturdier.

Continue to cook the sausage, breaking it up and stirring it constantly, until it has browned and crisped.

Once the sausage is done, using a slotted spoon, transfer the browned sausage to a bowl or plate. Set aside.

We have to cook some onions and garlic and the sausage will get in the way.

Resist the urge to grab a spoon, or in my case a slice of bread, and eat the sausage.

You can try a tiny bit, you know to make sure it’s good, but that’s it.

It needs to go into the soup, remember that.

Okay in the meantime move the pot from the heat, or just turn it off while you cut the veggies, you don’t want the pot to burn.

You’ll need a very large onion. I had two small ones, so I cut up two. But one large onion will do if you have that on hand.

If you have tiny onions, chop about three of them. This recipe isn’t very precise so you can wing it. I’m making cooking dinner easier on you.

Cut off the ends of the onion, cut it in half and peel away the skin.

Give it a rough slice and dice. Again, this isn’t supposed to be precise at all. This is a rough soup, let’s be kitchen roughians. That’s not a word at all. I’m making up words, folks.

It’s a rustic soup so whenever you hear the word “rustic” I give you permission to hack away at the veggies. Relieve some stress. Take out your problems and frustration on the onion.

Do the same thing to a couple of garlic cloves. I’m putting three into the recipe when I write it up, but if you like garlic add more. If you don’t like garlic, get some help, I kid I kid, just add less.


Okay, place the pot back over the heat, or turn on the flame if you turned it off. Allow the pot to heat up over medium heat.

Don’t worry about all the crusty stuff at the bottom of the pot. And don’t you dare clean the pot before adding the onions or even think about getting a new one out. All that crispy goodness at the bottom is nothing but pure unadulterated flavor! That flavor is going to give the soup such depth.

Just add a pat of butter. How much is a pat? As much as you’d like. Meh, I used about two tablespoons.


Allow the butter to melt, not burn or brown. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic.

Give it all a good stir to evenly coat in the butter. As you stir and the onions begin to cook and “sweat out,” all the bits of sausage at the bottom will lift up. That’s the flavor.

Sauté the onions and garlic for a bit, once they begin to soften add the seasoning.


Freshly cracked black pepper, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes (which is completely optional).

**Note: The sausage is spicy already, but I like spice so I’m adding a bit more to the soup. If you are using sweet Italian sausage and still want a little kick, add a tad of the crushed red pepper flakes. If you’re just opposed to spicy all around, then you can omit it.**

Stir in the seasonings and continue to cook the onions and garlic until they are caramelized, about 5 more minutes.

Let’s turn our attention to one of the other main ingredients; the kale.

**Tip: Kale is my life at the moment. I’ve been making kale chips which is the easiest snack to make. Cut up the kale. Wash it. Dry it. Place it on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a 350º F oven and bake, turning occasionally, until the kale gets crispy. Remove from the oven and eat. Presto: kale chips.**

But we aren’t making kale chips. The kale is going into our soup. So forget about that thought. Get it out of your mind.

Kale is sold in big bunches with large stems. Normally the stems are too thick and you can’t really eat it, so just strip off the leafy greens from the stems. Give it a wash and completely dry.

I cheated and bought the sack of kale that is already cleaned, stemmed and cut. Let’s be lazy together, get the bag too folks.

It’ll save you a lot of time!

Anyhow, I digress, add the chopped kale to the cooking onions and garlic. It’ll seem like too much kale for the soup or for the pot itself, add it in batches and allow it to wilt down. It’s just like spinach when it cooks, it’ll wilt down to practically nothing.


As the kale cooks, let’s turn our attention to one of the other main ingredients, the potatoes.

Russet baking potatoes, the kind with the brown skin. That’s what I had on hand so that’s what I’m using.

Plus I think they hold better in the soup without overcooking quickly and becoming mush. You can peel the potatoes if you want to, but why would you want to? That’s where all the nutrients are. And also I’m too lazy to peel potatoes, it’s probably the worst job in the kitchen. Time consuming and tedious. Leave the skins on thank you very much.


Just give them a good scrub and slice them. I cut them in half, longwise first, and then do “half moon” shapes that are about half of an inch thick. Just make sure they are all the same size so they cook evenly.

Okay back to the kale.

Once it is completely cooked and wilted down, it will look bright green, just like this:

I like to throw in a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg at this point.

Why? Because nutmeg enhances the flavor of greens. Don’t add a lot where people will be able to pin point it and say “Wow there is nutmeg in here!” Translation, “Woah! You over did it with the nutmeg. It’s stuck in my throat. Can I have some water?”

You don’t want that.

Just a pinch will do.

Add the sliced potatoes.

Also throw in the browned sausage from earlier, if there is any left from your snacking.

Stir everything together.

And now for the broth. I’m using chicken broth.

**Note: Feel free to use homemade chicken stock or even store bought stock if you’d prefer. I think that all the other ingredients already have tons of flavor so chicken broth does the job. It blends in nicely. Also I had broth on hand and not stock BUT my logic makes sense. Use whatever you’d like. I wish I could be like Ina Garten or Martha Stewart and say “Oh yea I always have homemade chicken stock on hand.” Well I don’t. I don’t have that kind of time or patience. Who does? Store bought is just fine by me. Just make sure it’s low-sodium that way you can control the salt that goes in.**


I added about two whole boxes of broth. Which is about 6-8 cups? Somewhere in between there. I’m guesstimating. Again, lazy to fact check.

Allow the broth or stock, let’s just call it liquid, to come up to a boil.

You can place a lid on it to speed up the process. Once the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer away until the potatoes are cooked and soft.

Be careful not to over cook or over boil the soup as the potatoes can easily become mushy, since they are sliced thin.

You see how rich and dark brown the broth has gotten? That’s all the flavor from the bottom of the pot. At this point you can taste the soup and see if the seasoning is right. It might need a bit more salt, pepper, or crushed red pepper, you decide. Add to your liking.

Once the potatoes are cooked perfectly, and your stomach is growling so much out of hunger and you’re about to punch someone if you don’t get a bowl of soup pronto, the soup is done.

There is just one more step which is completely optional.

All this low sodium chicken broth, chicken sausage and veggies is just too healthy for my book. It’s January, the perfect month for comfort food and not giving a damn about eating right. So I added some heavy cream. And by some I mean more than a splash.


You can use whole milk if you’d prefer, or just omit it all together. I like the rich texture the cream gives the soup, taking it over the edge.

Give the soup one final stir and you are officially done. Easiest dinner ever, right?

Serve it up in bowls and if you’re cool like me, you’ll have awesome bowls marked “soup” on them. If not, your soup won’t taste the same and you shouldn’t even bother making it. I’m kidding of course. It doesn’t matter what bowls you serve it in, it will still taste exactly the same.

I originally had this soup at an ok-restaurant with a friend of mine. As we sat there, drinking our wine and eating our soup, we started discussing how good the soup was and how simple it seemed. We vowed we’d try to make it at home ourselves. This is what I came up with. I didn’t have amounts exactly listed as I began experimenting. I just eyeballed the whole thing the first time around. Then as I continued to make it, I revised it here and added there. It eventually came together as you see it here. I still have to reiterate that this is probably the easiest recipe on here.


In the last post, Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia, I promised you a soup recipe if you recall, and here it is. This soup would be even better with homemade focaccia to dip. I don’t want to make you work harder, but come on, doesn’t that sound delicious? I think so. Warm, fresh out-of-the-oven bread with a hearty comforting soup like this, it doesn’t get any better than soup and bread for dinner. Enjoy!

**Side Note: On a totally unrelated side note, I’ve received a lot of messages about pinning from my site. Apparently it is rather difficult to pin images from my site. I apologize for any inconvenience. I don’t know why it isn’t working properly for some. If you find that the green pinterest button at the bottom of the page (along with the other social media buttons) isn’t working, then I have added a “pin it” feature to the first image of every post. Just hover over the image and it should pop up. Click “pin it” and you’ll be able to post that first image. You can test it out with this soup image above ^. Remember though, the hover feature is for the first image of the post. Let me know if it works! Thanks.** 


  1. avatar says

    your pictures are so enticing I simply had to check out the recipe. I too make a soup similar but I love the added touch of nutmeg. I had stopped adding the cream but it looks so much richer this way. Thanks for sharing!

    • avatar says

      Thank you very much! It’s just a pinch of nutmeg, but I feel like it makes a world of difference. Cream makes everything better 😉 Thank you for reading!

  2. avatarKate M. says

    You just saved my night! I literally was thinking “what can I make that is delicious but easy”, and I stumbled upon your dish. I must add that you are quite funny too. Thanks for being a night saver.

    • avatar says

      I’m so happy you stumbled upon my recipe as well. I hope you were able to make it for dinner tonight. What’s more, I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you for the compliment, as long as I can make at least one person laugh with my incredibly awful jokes, then I did my job right 😉 Thank you for writing.

    • avatar says

      Thank you very much. I’ve heard how cold it is in NYC right now. It’s been in the 80’s over here in LA, I’ll gladly switch with you so I can have some of this soup. I hope you give this a try, stay warm.

  3. avatarMandy says

    I’m so glad I ran into this recipe on Huffington this morning. This soup sounds perfect for the chilly weather. Great job breaking down the steps for those culinarily challenged, like myself! I know what I’m making for me and the Mrs tonight!

    • avatar says

      I’m even more glad you came across the recipe as well!! I hope that you and the Mrs. liked it!! Let me know how it came out. I’m also glad to hear that the photos and breakdown of the recipe helps. Thanks!

  4. avatarLiz says

    Love your pictures, recipe, and wit! You can cook for me anytime. No wait I have to cook it myself, don’t I. I see this dinner appearing in my near future. Thank you very much:-)

    • avatar says

      Thank you very much! Haha, if you’re in California I’ll cook for you anytime. If not, yeah unfortunately you’ll have to make it yourself! But let me know how it turns out! Hope you enjoy it :)

  5. avatarMandy says

    Thanks Jonathan! The soup was a huge hit! So spicy, but so many layers and full of flavor. Terrific recipe. I’ll be back for more of your genius ideas!

  6. avatarTinaZ says

    Thanks for the recipe! Had a bag of organic kale and wanted to make some kind of soup with it. Came across your recipe on pinterest and made it last weekend. Oh My Goodness! Me and my hubby loved loved loved it! Had it for dinner a times this past week. My husband couldn’t stop commenting on how good it was! Looking forward to making again! :)

  7. avatar says

    You are very welcome! Thank you for trying it out and for the comment. I’m happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed the soup. I hope you give some of the other recipes a try as well.

  8. avatarMaria says

    Very similar to my Zuppa Tuscana recipe.. ingredients only ( that’s the soup at Olive Garden ) except it also has Panchetta which really makes it !

  9. avatarCourtney says

    Great recipe! Long time soup-maker here–and I really loved the ease of this soup. I must admit, I doubled it, made a couple additions, and simmered longer (to blend flavors). Here’s the variation I tried: added cauliflower, carrots (along with the potatoes). Simmered unlidded on lowest heat for about an hour and a half (so as not to overcook/over-reduce). Added the cream–lovely suggestion. Then, also just before serving, added warmed spaetzle (here’s a basic recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/german-spaetzle-dumplings/ that I am certain you could cut or spruce in some creative manner) and a sprinkle of scallion before serving.

  10. avatar says

    I’m with you in loving kale and this spicy soup. I always buy the long tuscan kale and eat it about 4 times a week. Nice to see yet one more comforting way to use it. Great picture on pinterest.

  11. avatar says

    This looks fabulous! I had a sausage corn chowder in mind tonight but since I have some kale that needs to be used before I lose it, I’m sooo glad I found you (via Joy = ). Thank you!

  12. avatarNyssa says

    I love your recipes! I stumbled upon you on Pinterest because I was looking for a Potato Balls recipe. Then I found THIS recipe and my God, you’re just amazing lol! I, too, am from southern CA and I love Porto’s! Thanks for your help!

  13. avatarJ says

    This is one of my favorite recipes!! I substituted about 6 small zucchini for the potatos to make it healthier, and it’s just as hearty and delicious.

  14. avatarKristin says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe!! One of my favorites found on Pinterest. I have tried other so called Zuppa Toscana copycat recipes and none compare to this, it’s even better than the original :-) I adapt everything a wee bit so I used chard instead of kale (it’s what I had), 7 cloves of garlic (I love garlic and a few of them were tiny hehe), red potatoes (I think I used 5 medium sized), added a little white wine. Oh, and I saved a few calories and forgot the cream! But it wasn’t needed, it was that good 😉

    Good to know on the zucchini comment above too, I almost did that as well, but in addition to the uber healthy potatoes 😀

  15. avatarChristina says

    Add bacon in during the onion cooking and this is our recipe too :) Except for a long time we left out the kale because grocers in our semi rural area didn’t carry it! Now that we’ve joined a CSA, I’m looking forward to getting kale as an excuse to make this.

  16. avatarDee says

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I love that you posted pictures too! I love the Olive Garden soup too and I’ve tried making it a couple of times, except I used hot sausage and the soup came out kind of orangie colored, LOL! I’m sure yours is going to taste much better than mine, LOL! Guess what I’m making tomorrow??????

  17. avatarLynne says

    This is the best soup ever. I have made my own version and it is good too. I loved reading your descriptions and your photos were excellent! They made me want soup for dinner.

  18. avatarSandi says

    Golds or red potatoes are a good option for those of us that are diet controlled diabetics and just can’t give up all potatoes. Lower glycemic index. I think I might try it with butternut squash this winter too, just to change things up.

  19. avatarElise says

    I am a big fan of soup and this one just shot to the top of my Favorites list. It is close to 100 degrees here in Texas, but the pictures looked so appetizing that I had to try it. I am so glad I did! I used kale from my own garden and my husband could not get enough. Thank you so much! I just discovered your website too and can’t wait to try more of your recipes – they all look fantastic. I’ll be in for treat if they all taste as good as this one.

  20. avatarleslie says

    I was just looking for recipes to use the overabundance of kale in my garden! This looks delicious. If I make a double batch, do you think it will freeze ok? Thanks.

  21. avatarKaty says

    Hi there, Do you think this soup would hold up well in the freezer or do you think the potatoes would get to mushy? I’m getting ready to go on maternity leave and am trying to stock my freezer with yumminess! Thanks so much!

    • avatar says

      First off, congratulations! And yes this would be great stored in the freezer. I suggest undercooking the potatoes though, so that when you go to reheat it, you can finish cooking the potatoes. That’ll help you avoid mushy taters! Good luck!

  22. avatar says

    Hi Jonathan, I must thank you…..thank you for ……making me laugh out loud with your humor as I read every word of this glorious recipe. I cannot tell you how much I needed to laugh tonight and I found you so very, very unexpectedly! My eyes are puffy from a very rare crying spell but you have lifted my spirits immensely! I’m obsessed with this soup at Olive Garden and I’m soooo happy I now know how to make it myself!….all because of YOU!! Xoxo

  23. avatarKerstin says

    Jonathan – this soup rocks. I did it this first real autumn weekend after a long cold hike and it really did the trick. We don’t have fresh Kale here in Germany yet, that needs the first really cold nights for harvesting, but even with froozen kale it was awesome. Thanks. And I will definetly try the chips once the fresh season started ….

  24. avatardenise says

    This soup looks ad sounds delicious! And it’s easy to make! Great idea! Thanks for posting this recipe–I’m gonna give it a try!

  25. avatarHaley Thompson says

    I made this last night and it was amazing!! My favorite Pinterest find yet! And my husband was crazy about it too.

  26. avatarkaren koscho says

    I made this (with a few of my own touches) and it was beautifully spicy, hearty and delicious!!! A definite keeper according to all who ate it! I added a can of cannellini beans, some oregano & a bay leaf while simmering, then a half cup of fat free half & half at the end. So YUMMY. :)

  27. avatarMary says

    I make this all the time with my students to sell. It’s really the Zuppe Toscana recipe from Olive Garden. Very easy and delicious. You can also substitute fresh or frozen spinach if you can’t find or don’t want to use kale.

  28. avatarCate says

    Oh my goodness, I’m making this right now and it smells like heaven! I’m a vegetarian, so I used Gimme Lean veggie sausage (it tastes EXACTLY the same) and veggie stock. I also used about 10 golden potatoes, and threw in a few sprigs of rosemary while it’s simmering. I can’t wait to taste it after I add the cream. It’s a dark, rainy cold day here in Indiana, so this is going to be perfect for tonight. Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe.

  29. avatarCate says

    Oh, and a small tip if anyone is making this veggie: when you fry up the Gimme Lean sausage, make sure to really overcook it until it is VERY dark brown, right before the burning point. The veggie sausage soaks up a lot of liquid, so this will help prevent the sausage turning to mush once it’s in the actual soup :)

  30. avatarKay says

    OMG!! Just finished making this about 5 min ago. I LOVE IT! and yes it’s 11:20 p.m. here near Buffalo, N.Y COLD and rainy! I wanted a nice soup to take for lunch tomorrow. I boiled a few of the diced potato’s, and mashed them up and added them to the broth. Any Idea’s if you think It may be too spicy? It’s perfect for me and my H, but I’m afraid the kid’s will think it’s too spicy. More cream? More broth maybe? Anyway I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!

    • avatarVanessa says

      Maybe ease up on the crushed red pepper? Or use a less spicy sausage? And if you feel like it needs crunch you should add the kale in the last few minutes so that it cooks some but still has that wonderful crisp.

  31. avatarLauren says

    I haven’t tried this version. but I do love the Portuguese “Caldo Verde” version. which is onion, potato, kale and a small amount of Chorizo for the flavouring. I’ve not tried it with cream, I use chicken stock and season accordingly with salt – black pepper and garlic when browning off the onions, I will give the cream a try…. It’s such a nurturing soup for a cold night.

  32. avatarRenea says

    Just made this and wow! It’s the best soup I have ever made. The recipe was so easy to follow and I loved the pictures. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely make this again.

  33. avatarKaren Wagner says

    My friends and I get together in upstate NY at least once a month. We’re always looking for something different to do so we are planning a soup-off in a couple of weeks. I’ve been all over the web searching for a good and easy recipe to make. I think this is the one! It sounds delicious and I will probably try it out before our contest in 2 weeks. I gotta win the Ms. NY Soup Maker sash or whatever prize we come up with. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for posting this!

  34. avatarLauren says

    I just made this recipe today! I decided to add carrots and quinoa which gives it more substance for a lunchtime soup! I also used one carton of regular organic chicken broth and one carton of low sodium organic chicken broth which ended up with an optimal amount of saltiness. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I will definitely incorporate it into my collection of recipes!

  35. avatarRuby says

    Made this amazing soup twice already–and my husband LOVES it! Such a perfect recipe for cold nights, and tastes even better the next day(s)! The second time around, I added a can of cannellini beans to the soup and it did not disappoint. Thanks for sharing such an easy but gourmet tasting soup! Our new favorite 😀

  36. avatarSarah says

    I was a bit confused by the “Italian sausage”, so I looked it up and it seems to be an American thing? I’m from Denmark and I’ve never heard of it before and I don’t think that we have anything similar (since I guess that it has a specific flavor to it that’s not just the taste of ground pork/chicken). Which spices do I need to make it myself? Sorry for perhaps sounding like a total idiot, but it’s really just completely new to me 😀

    • avatar says

      You do not sound like a total idiot!! I wasn’t aware that Italian sausage was an American thing, but it definitely makes sense now. You can add dried fennel seeds, oregano, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed anise seed, paprika, minced onion and red pepper flakes! You’ll get the same flavor. I say about 1/2 teaspoon of each depending on how much you’re making. Hope that helps!!

  37. avatarNina says

    Just finished cooking up a pot of this and it is delicious! I always use a potato masher to break up sausage for uses such as this, works even better than a wooden spoon.

  38. avatarPat Kaiser says

    Okay, this is about the best recipe and description I have ever read!!! I enjoyed it very much and felt like you were right in the kitchen, talking me thru it!! I am going to have to run to the store now to get what I need to make this. Thanks a lot, wasn’t planning on going out today!!!!

  39. avatarKaren Wagner says

    Made this soup for our soup-off this past weekend. It was a giant success and I won by a landslide! 5 of us made different soups. This recipe was the bomb! This will now be a regular soup for rainy weekends and also when having guests in my home. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  40. avatarMary says

    Made this last night. I used butternut squash instead of potatoes for added nutritional value and was absolutely delicious!!!! I also used some Parmesan rinds for added flavor which I learned from an Italian chef. Will make over and over, again and again. Thanks for posting!!

  41. avatar says

    I made this tonight along with some home-made focaccia and it was amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing – I know this will become a fall/winter staple in our house!!

    Meghan xo

  42. avatarAuntietonya says

    Does anyone know what adjustments might need to be made for a crock pot (even easier!) I just made another soup so I already know garlic and onion can go in raw, but can sausage? And how long before potatoes would get mushy? I’d put kale and cream in about 15 minutes before I wanted to eat it, just need info on sausages and potatoes. Any help/ideas would be appreciated!

  43. avatarMarcela says

    i tried this soup but I did it with chicken and spinach instead of sausage and kale. Lets see how it turns out! I’ll let you know 😉

  44. avatarkris says

    Just made it this week, me and the hubby absolutely loved it! Left out the cream (but can see why that would be delicious as well) and added a can of northern beans. Yum yum yum!!! Thank you.

  45. avatar says

    This looks gorgeous!! I recently made a slow cooker soup with beef sausage and beet greens, and a whole load of other veggies I found lurking in the crisper of my fridge. Sausage meat and greens are a beautiful combo, and your idea to add potato makes it a proper meal! The cream sounds delish, and for those who want to avoid the extra calories, a dollop of Greek yogurt would work beautifully too (not sure if this has been mentioned already, I admit I didn’t read all 90+ comments!).. Thanks for sharing.

  46. avatar says

    Your soup looks fabulously delicious. The weather here (Australia) is above 90 deg F so I won’t be making it soon, but I’ll give it a try in a few months. Please could you consider not spacing out the ingredients list quite so much so that the recipe will print on a single page.

  47. avatarsuzanne says

    I have made the soup today and it looks delicious. Thank you for your nice and easy recipes.
    Greetings from Holland.

  48. avatarAndrea says

    I found this recipe on Buzzfeed and wanted to try it ASAP. After driving around town to find a grocery store that had spicy Italian chicken sausage, I was ready to go. Unrelated, I’m also ecstatic they didn’t have caraway in them (blech). Minus the onion (I’m allergic.), I followed this recipe to a T. I have one thing to say… HOLY WOW Batman!!! It was as delicious as my mind and stomach hoped it would be. Every aspect was perfect. The mixture of spices was amazing. The fact that baking potatoes were recommended did not escape me either. The way they melted in my mouth was absolutely perfect. If any other kind would have been used, they would have been too hard and not made sense with everything else. I love the fact that kale was in there too. It’s the only green I can stomach and it added so much to the dish. The broth was uh-mayzing. I had about a dozen spoonfuls before I even moved on to the solids. I could have left everything else out and just drank the broth as the meal, it was that good. Honestly, this is the best soup I’ve ever had. I applaud you for your creativity and seriously hope you do more recipes in the future. Bravo!!!

  49. avatarRenate Walker says

    I enjoyed your humorous instructions. Thank you! Been making this soup ever since I first tried it at the Olive Garden. May I suggest keeping a few hands of raw kale reserved; chop some of it up as an enrichment as you serve the soup, keep the rest to add to tomorrows tossed salad as a tasty alternative to spinach.

  50. avatar says

    This was totally delicious! I made a few minor adjustments for our household and it is by far the best soup I have had to date! I also blogged about it and linked back to you for the recipe! (:

  51. avatarBlair says

    Absolutely delicious! My husband said it’s the best thing I’ve ever made. High praise indeed! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

  52. avatar says

    Hello I tried your Potato and Kale soup tonigt.I think it came out wonderful. I added sauted mushroms, a touch more chicken broth, and used a half of a cup of evaporated milk.I also used spinch instead of kale.Thankyou Linda

  53. avatarMiriam says

    My husband is not a fan of kale yet, but he is heading in that direction thanks to this recipe. Thank you!

  54. avatar says

    I immediately thought of Olive Garden as soon as I saw the pictures and title of the recipe. That is an interesting tip on the nutmeg, nutmeg enhances the flavor of greens. I have been making kale chips for a few months now after seeing the recipe in a Paleo book, we love them. My husband prefers the chips with garlic salt. I have pinned this recipe to make this fall and I’m now following you on Pinterest Now I’m going to check out your rosemary bread.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful, informative site!

  55. avatarPJ says

    Just discovered your blog (thanks to another family member) and oh my what a treat! I can’t wait to try this soup. For now I’m gonna check out some of your other goodies on here…

  56. avatarJessica says

    I just made this soup today with the help of my brother. I was so excited to make it lol!!:)
    I did make a few changes. I used mild Italian sausage and I added red and green peppers and also added alot more garlic. I also doubled everything but left the kale as is. It came out great!!:) I will most definitely be making it again.

  57. avatarMegL says

    This was absolutely delicious! Just spicy enough! I used andouille sausage and low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth, and skipped the cream. Compliments to the chef on a great recipe, and I truly enjoyed your humorous commentary! Thank you for sharing!

  58. avatarCarly says

    This is seriously one of the best recipes I have ever found. I am a horrible cook and I nailed this recipe last night. So easy to make and freaking delicious! Thank you so much for helping me add a new “Favorite Recipes” card to my recipe box.

  59. avatarScottMW says

    Used the essence of this recipe tonight but pretty much threw in what we had on hand, left over browned hot breakfast sausage, chorizo, spinach, zucchini, couple mushrooms, cauliflower instead of spuds, parmesean to finish. Very good and, check it out, with our tweaks it’s a yummy low carb dish.

  60. avatar says

    This is now one of my family’s favorite recipes. Ever since I started growing kale in my garden, and it grows year round (in Utah,) and even keeps growing under the snow, we can have this fresh any time of the year! I bring it to faculty luncheons, family get-togethers, and everyone loves it. I don’t measure anything, either, but it always turns out better than I’ve had at a restaurant.

    My favorite part of the process is after putting in the liquids and the sausage stuff from the bottom of the pan mixes with it – it is the best smell ever! If I’m not hungry already, that convinces my mouth that something awesome is coming.

    I’m ready for more easy recipes just like this one – especially ones that include easy to grow garden goodness. Happy cooking!

  61. avatarJanet says

    Absolutely delicious! I did thicken it a bit with some milk and flour…personal preference. The fam went crazy! Unbelievable…. Thanks for the recipe!

  62. avatarLauren says

    Hello! I’m so excited to try this. Quick question, I’ve been eliminating dairy but always love a good creamy soup- would you suggest coconut milk or almond milk as a dairy-free alternative? thank you!

  63. avatarK. says

    Pretty pictures. I have been making a soup that was adapted from your recipe, had spinach instead of kale. I love the soup but the spinach was too mushy for my liking. I clicked on “thecandidappetite” and discovered the original recipe had KALE. Much better. Beautiful soup. It is -25 F today. For sure need something warm.

  64. avatarClark says

    I tried a much-inferior version of this. Ran across your site by Googling “kale and sausage soup.” All I can say is “wow.” I’ve made it three times already and I’m not really a cook. The difference is (1) wilting the kale (2) nutmeg, and (3) WHIPPED CREAM. Inferior recipe used canned milk. AAR, thanks much; great website.

  65. avatarMartha Diaz says

    Gracias por la receta Jonathan deliciosa. Y me encanta tu manera de escribir muy fresca y gaciosa. Saludos desde Mexico


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