Spicy Kale and Sausage Soup

Spicy Kale and Sausage Soup

This soup is by far one of my favorite meals.  Each bowl packs a ton of flavor and it is effortless to whip up after a busy day.  Prefer a milder dish?  Tone down the heat by substituting regular diced tomatoes or any pre-cooked chicken sausage of your choice.  The seeds can also be removed from the jalapeños, or the peppers can be omitted altogether.

I hope you and your family enjoy this dish as much as I do!  Happy cooking!

Spicy Kale and Sausage Soup

Serves 4 to 5


  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) white beans
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 5 cups Tuscan kale
  • 4-5 pre-cooked spicy chicken sausages
  • ¼ cup dry orzo pasta
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dried spices: oregano, basil, garlic powder, black pepper, crushed red pepper
  • 2 small jalapeño peppers


About 5 minutes

  1. Peel and press garlic cloves.
  2. Drain beans and rinse in colander.
  3. Slice sausages and jalapeño peppers.

*Note: Wash hands and work surface thoroughly after handling peppers!

Let’s Cook!

About 18 minutes 

  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat.  Add pressed garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  2. Add drained beans and diced tomatoes to pot.  Season to taste and cook about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour chicken broth and 1 cup water into pot, simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add kale and dry orzo, stirring well to incorporate.  Cover pot and cook until kale is wilted and orzo is soft (about 6 minutes).
  5. Add sliced sausage and jalapeño peppers, cook until sausage is heated through (about 3 minutes).
  6. Optional: top with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.  Serve hot & enjoy!

Post by Sloane Brazina 

Spicy Kale and Sausage Soup