Spicy Sausage and Collard Soup


Don't toss your Parmesan cheese rind! Put that rind to good use by steeping it in this hearty soup to add flavor.

bowls of Spicy Sausage and Collard Soup with parmesan cheese
Photo: Carson Downing
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
9 cups


  • 1 pound spicy bulk Italian sausage

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 4x1-inch Parmesan rind (optional)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 1 8 ounce bunch collard greens or kale, stemmed and chopped (5 cups)

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil

  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven cook the first four ingredients (through garlic) over medium heat until sausage is browned, breaking into small pieces as it cooks. Add broth, beans, tomatoes, Parmesan rind (if using), bay leaf, and Italian seasoning. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Remove bay leaf and Parmesan rind, if using. Add collard greens. Return to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or until collards are tender. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Top servings with additional basil and Parmesan cheese.

Collard Greens Prep

Remove the inner stem of each collard leaf by cutting along each side of the stem with a sharp knife. Remove and discard the stem (or safe for another use). Chop the leaves into bite-size pieces.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

323 Calories
18g Fat
17g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 323
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1094mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 37.4mg 187%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Potassium 507mg 11%
Folate, total 41.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*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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