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Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

This post was originally published here on October 24, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Enjoy!

I’m sneaking in one last cozy soup recipe before it’s officially Spring!

We experienced some weirdly warm weather here in New England last week. It was sunny and nearly 70 degrees for two days in a row. It felt so freaking good to be able to go outside without having to wear 358 pieces of clothing. And almost all of the snow melted away from my backyard and roof (which was extra awesome because my ceiling has been leaking – yikes!).

But the little blip of Spring that we had didn’t last long. And now we’re back to normal March temperatures. So soup it is.

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This Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup is what I like to think of as one of those transition recipes. It’s got plenty of hearty ingredients to fill you right up, like leafy kale and a mix of both sweet potatoes and white potatoes. But it’s also not overly heavy. In fact, the base of this soup is very brothy (can the word “broth” be used as an adverb?), so it almost feels kind of light. It will warm you right up, without weighing you down.

This recipe is perfectly suited for a weeknight meal. It’s all made in just a single pot. And you can have it ready in 30 minutes. Feel free to use either chicken or pork sausage in this recipe. But whatever you do, definitely go for a spicy version of the sausage. I’ve made this soup in the past with sweet Italian sausage, and it just wasn’t the same. You need that little extra little kick from the spicy sausage!

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I’m sharing the recipe for this Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup as part of our monthly #30MinuteThursday series. Which I’m guessing is pretty self explanatory based on the name, but just in case it’s not, it’s a day when myself and a group of some of my blogging friends get together to share quick and easy dinner recipes that can all be made in 30 minutes or less. Just scroll down below and you’ll find the links for all the other recipes this month. Check ’em out and be inspired. Because hangry isn’t a good look on anybody. Trust me. I would know.



Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

At a Glance:
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb spicy sausage (pork or chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, divided
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 large bunch curly kale (about 4 cups), stemmed and chopped
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large russet potato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Heat a large heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage (if it's still in the casing, remove and discard the casing) and cook until it’s no longer pink, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon and breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Remove the sausage from the pot and place it on a paper-towel lined plate to drain.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and warm the olive oil in the same pot. Then add the chopped onion and cook until it's slightly softened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently while scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen up any browned bits. Add the garlic, salt, black pepper, 1/4 tsp. of the red pepper flakes and the nutmeg and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the kale and let it cook down for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth and the sweet potato slices. Increase the heat to bring the soup up to a simmer. After 3-4 minutes stir in the russet potato slices and the cooked sausage. Simmer the soup, uncovered, for about 10 minutes more, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the heavy cream and parsley.
  5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired.
  6. Once cooled, the leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.


Recipe adapted from The Candid Appetite.

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36 comments on “Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup”

  1. Perfect soup for this weather (yes, we’re having it here, too – minus the coastal effect). And I agree, just laugh about it and eat soup 😉

  2. Ahhh…my favorite. We’ve had soup weather for a while now, minus the rain for the most part! Looks delish and I agree, sausage + potatoes = good combo!

  3. I am all about the soups so bring ’em on! I love the flavors of this soup, Liz! What a great idea to add in some kale and sausage. Looks delicious!

  4. wow this soup looks delicious! and those soup bowls are so cute, where did you get them from?

  5. This is just the perfect fall soup 🙂

  6. This sounds like such a great, hearty recipe. I need the weather to cool down here in LA so I can make stuff like this!


  7. Kale in soup is the best. Well, kale in anything is the best. Regardless. I want a bowl with a big hunk of crusty baguette right now!

  8. The rainy weather this week was definitely disheartening! Totally soup-worthy. Especially when the soup is as good as this!

  9. We are totally back to 358 pieces of clothing here, too. But we thoroughly enjoyed the warm weather while it lasted! Now I’m just dreaming of April…. or May…. or June when the snow leaves us for good and we’re back to picnic weather. For now, it’s soup for dinner!

  10. It was 67 yesterday and today we are in a winter storm of 32 and 8 inches of snow. I don’t get it. But cue on the comforting bowl of soups please!!

  11. Spring is just about here and has my hay fever going big time. It’s still cold, however, and I love soup in ANY weather. I’d love to go for a big, cozy bowl of this soup — the spicy sausage would be a must!

  12. It’s so cold again here too and our entire house was plagued with the flu on and off for the past month and bring on the soup! This looks GORGEOUS! Love the kale and sweet potatoes!

    • Oh no! Everyone being sick is THE WORST! Hope you’re all on the mend. And everything is disinfected now. Lol.

  13. We’ve had some really nice weather here too lately, I think it’s only really felt like winter a few days this year lol. I love that this soup is filled with so many hearty ingredients! I love a soup that is filling enough to be a whole meal! Happy (almost) spring!

  14. We’ve enjoyed some sunshine here too, which makes me so excited for spring! But for now, we will continue to enjoy soup, and I love the flavors in this one! It’s gorgeous with all of those colors, too!

  15. Gorgeous update my dear! I looove a good kale and potato soup, and the spicy? Well you can crank that all the way up for me! Still feeling like winter here with snow in the forecast for the next several days.. I love it! More soup for me! Have a cozy weekend Liz!

    • I can’t believe you guys got snow again. Seems so odd for Washington! Hope you stayed warm this weekend!

  16. March is definitely still soup weather around here, too. Don’t mind it with such gorgeous recipes! By the way… That green bowl. Heart it. And the wooden one. And the marble one. Perfect picture!

  17. Definitely soup weather here – it’s snowing like crazy and super cold! So this looks perfect for dinner tonight!

    • Yeah, I thought we were in the clear. But no. Still a few weeks left of Winter I guess. Stay warm, Stacey!

  18. This is one of my favorite soups so I was excited to make it again,,, but this time vegan style and also using what I had. Used shredded cabbage (my kale went bad 🙁 ), vegan spicy sausage, non-dairy heavy cream, and vegan parm.
    I must say,,, it def does not taste the same lol… BUT, it was very delicious and cozy for this cold weather.
    Thank you again for inspiring delicious eats 🙂

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