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White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup

  • Author: Jessica
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 0 people 1x
  • Category: Main Course, Soup
  • Cuisine: American, Italian


Rustic and simple, White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup has minimal ingredients and loads of flavor.


  • 1/2 lb or 2 mild italian sausage links
  • 1 15 oz can Cannellini beans, drained
  • 1/2 to 1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow or sweet onion or half a large, diced
  • 1/2 large leek, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 32 0z carton of low sodium chicken or veggie broth
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  1. In a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add whole sausage links to pot and sear on both sides, about 5 minutes. When sausage is cooked through enough to slice, remove from pot and transfer to cutting board. Slice each link into 1/4 inch rounds and return to pot to cook through and brown. Remove from pot and set aside. If using crumbled sausage, simply brown in the pot, remove and set aside.
  2. Lower the heat a bit and add diced onion and thinly sliced leeks to the pot. Cook for about 5-8 minutes until caramelized, being careful not to burn. Add in garlic and a pinch of crushed red pepper. Cook for another minute or two until fragrant.
  3. Add white wine and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the broth and add the sausage back into the pot. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat, cover and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Add in the beans and kale and cook until the beans are warmed through and the kale is wilted down.
  6. Check for seasoning and add a pinch of salt if necessary and more red pepper flakes.
  7. Serve topped with lots of grated parmesan cheese.


For this recipe, I highly recommend using low sodium broth. Depending on how salty your sausage is, you may not need any additional salt. Wait until the end to check for seasoning before adding any additional salt.

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