Photo: Michele Michael
Prep Time
15 Mins
Makes 4 servings

How to Make It

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, without stirring, until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn, add the garlic, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the beans, broth, and tomatoes and their juices. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.

Fold each kale leaf in half lengthwise and remove the stem by ripping or cutting it. Tear each leaf into large pieces. Add the kale to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with the salt and pepper and spoon into individual bowls. Serve with the bread (if using).

Ratings & Reviews

Yesitsme's Review

January 14, 2014
Made as is and it was quite satisfying. Next time I I will use more heat.

alimax's Review

October 16, 2013
I give this recipe the highest rating because it rates well in two of my most regarded areas. Souper easy. Souper delicious. Love this soup. Made it for my mother-in-law and she was impressed. What more can I say.

michiehardin's Review

May 25, 2013
I made a few adaptations to this recipe to suit my taste. First, I cut up and browned three slices of applewood smoked bacon until crispy. I then added the kale and allowed it to cook down just a little bit. I removed this mixture from the pan and threw in 12 oz of chicken garlic sausage and browned for a few minutes. I then added the beans, tomatoes, broth, and the bacon/kale mixture. I seasoned with about 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Next time I will add about 1 tsp of red pepper flakes and a shot of vinegar to brighten the flavors. Great simple soup!

kisiminger's Review

March 10, 2012
We had never had kale and I was a little hesitant, but the soup was great! I used dried Cannelli beans, which I soaked overnight, and increased the chicken broth to 32 oz., and simmered the soup for about 2 hours. Next time I'll probably do it in the slow cooker. My husband, son, and I all loved it and we'll definitely have it again!

MariaGF's Review

October 04, 2011
Easy and delicious. Everyone in the family loves it. Other than the greens, the ingredients are things that I always have on hand. Definitely a keeper!

dosmadre's Review

March 29, 2011
Fast, easy & really good.

amybroun's Review

January 20, 2011
This was SO easy, simple, and absolutely delicious. I like my soup a little more tomato based so I added 2 cans of the tomatoes and less chicken broth. Other than that, no substitutions. So good!

herrop12's Review

October 10, 2009
This recipe is the best. The only change I made is using Jennie O hot turkey sausage links. Very good and spicy. I make it at least once a month.

citymommyjd's Review

September 16, 2009
Simple and excellent! Substitued swiss chard for the kale and it worked great.