Sausage, Potato, White Bean, and Kale Soup


Start this potato soup recipe by caramelizing Italian sausage and it will taste like you spent much longer than 35 minutes simmering comfort food creation!

Sausage, Potato, White Bean, and Kale Soup
Photo: Linda Pugliese/From Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 cups


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8 ounce bulk Italian sausage

  • 2 onions, chopped (about 2 cups)

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes (1 lb), cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 8 cup chicken stock from Whole Poached Chicken with Bonus Stock, or purchased chicken stock

  • 1 bay leaf (optional)

  • 1 15-16 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 large bunch kale, stemmed and leaves torn (10 to 12 cups)

  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oil in an 8-quart stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high. Add sausage and break it up with a wooden spoon into bite-size pieces. Let sausage pieces cook without stirring until brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs, flip sausage pieces over and leave them until cooked through and golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  2. Transfer sausage to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving the fat and oil behind in the pan. Cover sausage with aluminum foil to keep in any moisture; set aside.

  3. Return pot to medium and add onions, oregano, fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent and soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Add potatoes, stock, and, if desired, bay leaf. Cover and bring to boiling over high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are fork-tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  4. Stir in beans, kale, and reserved sausage. Cook until beans are heated through. Fish out bay leaf, stir in vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve with a pile of freshly grated cheese on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
18g Fat
50g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1048mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 82.1mg 411%
Calcium 254mg 20%
Iron 4.9mg 27%
Potassium 1429mg 30%
Folate, total 132.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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