Rustic Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup

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Once the leaves start dropping, days shorten and temperatures plummet, there’s nothing I love more than a hearty soup to warm me up from the inside. Those first few weeks of the season change are always the toughest for me and I feel like I can never get warmed up quite enough so I’m always turning to piping hot soups and teas to get nice and toasty.

This rustic italian sausage, potato and kale soup is a hearty soup that is loaded with tons of veggies, delicious flavors and it’s so incredibly easy to make. When I make this soup, I usually opt for a hot italian sausage to add a bit of kick and add a bit of additional warmth to the meal, but if spicy isn’t your thing, simply swap it out for regular italian sausage. The northern beans and potatoes add a great filling heartiness and the kale combines to complement the flavors. This soup is perfection: comforting, warms you from the inside, hearty enough that you don’t feel hungry an hour later and packed with delicious and dynamic flavors. Pair it with a crusty bread to sop up all that slurp-worthy broth and you’ve got a full meal!

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  • Vegetarian: Swap out the meat and add an extra can or two of beans and use Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian.
  • Low Sodium: Swap out Premium Chicken for Reduced Sodium Chicken.

Rustic Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish, Soup
Servings 8 people


  • 1 pound Spicy Italian Sausage optional: can use regular Italian Sausage
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp Premium Chicken Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 sweet potatoes halved and sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1 russet potato sliced 1/4" thick
  • 1 can northern beans rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups kale raw, stalk removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • nutmeg dash
  • red pepper flakes to taste


  • Sauté sausage on medium heat in large pot until browned and cooked thoroughly. Add diced onion and garlic cloves and sauté until translucent.
  • Add 6 cups of water and Premium Chicken Better Than Bouillon paste and mix well. Add potatoes and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add beans, kale, nutmeg and red pepper flakes and mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add heavy cream and mix well. Serve!

Paste mixes in easily without grittiness!

While this looks like a ton of kale, it cooks down to a surprisingly small amount.


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  1. Heather November 2, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I don’t eat meat but I would love to try this without the sausage or with a vegan substitute. I bet the flavors are amazing.

  2. Andrea November 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    This soup is just perfect for the chilly days up ahead!!!! Can’t wait to make this!

  3. Supermompicks November 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Better than Olive Garden I am sure! I will need to put this on my fall soup rotation!

  4. Linda M Renslear November 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Oh sounds so yummy. Making and sharing this.

  5. Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat. November 4, 2018 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    This sounds so healthy, hearty, and delicious!

  6. Leslie November 8, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Yum! My kind of soup for sure. And the BTB is such a good product. I use it all the time.

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