Sausage Kale Soup Recipe
Posted Oct 14, 2018, Updated Nov 13, 2023
This Sausage Kale Soup Recipe is a cozy fall soup made in the slow cooker. This Sausage Kale Soup is a delicious make-ahead crockpot dinner recipe that only takes 15 minutes of hands-on preparation! It’s paleo-friendly & gluten-free!
There is something about the cooler fall weather that compels me to break out my slow cooker and make hearty, cozy soups.
This Sausage Kale Soup recipe is a cold-weather staple in our house. It’s loaded with seasonal vegetables, bursting with flavor and is my favorite, fix-it-and-forget-it, kind of recipe. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare, then you get to enjoy the aroma all day long while it cooks in the crockpot.
My kids even love this sausage potato and kale soup. No joke – my son refers to this sausage kale soup as, “that one soup that looks gross but tastes really good.”
Sausage Kale Soup: Ingredients & Substituions
So, let’s chat about the ingredients I used in this Sausage Kale Soup recipe, and possible substitutions that can be made!
- Smoked sausage. I used a 14 oz package of smoked sausage. You could use Italian sausage, but I just love the flavor of smoked varieties!
- Olive Oil. Any neutral oil works well in this recipe. If you don’t have olive oil on hand my next recommendation would be avocado oil. The purpose of the oil is to brown the sausage.
- Vegetable Broth. You can use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth.
- Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes. Use any variety of canned diced tomatoes that you like.
- Kale. Spinach is a good substitute, although kale is my favorite green to use in this sausage & kale soup!
- Sweet Potatoes. You could substitute red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, Russet potatoes or butternut squash for sweet potatoes.
- Celery, Carrots & Green Beans. We loved this combination of vegetables, you can choose your favorites. Or you can buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and toss it in the crockpot. I used frozen green beans (for the sake of ease and time), but you could use chopped fresh green beans.
- Italian Seasoning. Use fresh herbs and spices instead of dried Italian seasoning if desired.
How do you make sausage kale soup?
As always, we will walk through the tips and tricks for making this recipe.
Brown the sausage & onions
Add olive oil, diced sausage, onion and minced garlic to a skillet and cook until it the sausage is browned (about 10 minutes).
Add all the ingredients to Crockpot (Slow Cooker)
While the sausage is browning, add the rest of the ingredients in this Sausage Kale Soup recipe to the container of your slow cooker. Stir until everything is evenly distributed.
Once the sausage is finished browning, add the contents of the skillet to the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir again. Try to scrape all the little bits of oil, onion, and garlic out of the skillet for maximum flavor!
Next, cook the soup until the sweet potatoes are tender. There are two different settings/cook times that can be used to make this Sausage Kale Soup Recipe:
- Cook on Low. If you want to prepare this recipe in the morning and let it cook all day long, I recommend cooking it on low for 6 hours.
- Cook on high. If you’re like me, and often don’t remember to prepare dinner until after lunch, cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Sausage Kale Soup Recipe FAQs
The sweet potatoes take the longest to cook, so you will know the soup is finished when the sweet potatoes are tender and fully cooked.
If you want this soup ready quicker, chop your veggies (including the sweet potatoes) into smaller pieces. Remember, smaller, more thinly cut vegetables will cook faster!
The kale is added with the rest of the ingredients in the beginning of the cook time. Since it’s a tougher green than spinach, it takes longer to cook and become tender!
I used this 6 quart slow cooker and everything fit inside very nicely (as you can see in the photo below). I don’t recommend going smaller than this, as you might not be able to stir it very easily.
If you only have access to smaller crockpots, you could always divide the recipe evenly among two smaller slow cookers and cook it that way!
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Sausage Kale Soup Recipe
- 14 oz smoked sausage diced
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- ½ onion diced
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 4 cups 1 quart vegetable broth
- 2 15 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 3 kale leaves chopped
- 2 small sweet potatoes about 4 cups
- 2 stalks celery diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 large carrots diced (about 1 cup)
- 2 cups green beans fresh or frozen, chopped into 1” long pieces
- 2 TBS Italian seasoning
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Add 1 TBS olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add olive oil, diced sausage, onion and minced garlic to the skillet and cook until it the sausage is browned (about 10 minutes).
- While the sausage is browning: add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, chopped kale, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots green beans, and Italian seasoning to the pot of your slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Add browned sausage, onions and garlic to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
- Serve warm!
- Smoked sausage. I used a 14 oz package of smoked sausage. Use your favorite sausage variety, and be sure to choose one that fits your dietary needs. You could use Italian sausage, but I love the flavor of smoked varieties!
- Minced Garlic. You can substitute garlic powder for the minced garlic.
- Olive Oil. Any neutral oil works well in this recipe like avocado oil or canola oil.
- Vegetable Broth. chicken broth can be used instead.
- Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes. You can use any variety or flavor of canned diced tomatoes that you like.
- Kale. You can use spinach in place of some or all of the kale, but you’ll need to add it towards the end of the cook time, as it cooks very quickly.
- Sweet Potatoes. You could substitute red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, or Russet potatoes.
- Celery, Carrots & Green Beans. We loved this combination of vegetables. Feel free to change it up to suit your tastes. Or you could buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and toss it in the crockpot! I used frozen green beans (for the sake of ease and time), but you could use chopped fresh green beans!
- Italian Seasoning. Feel free to use fresh herbs and spices instead of dried Italian seasoning! But you will need to play with the amount to suit your tastes!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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