Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Katie Stoddard
4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)

Cajun smoked sausage fires up a simple five-ingredient soup with smoky spice. Serve with crusty bread for a complete meal.

How to Make It

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add smoked sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth and diced tomatoes; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the kale. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until the kale is tender. Stir in beans, and cook 1 minute or until soup is thoroughly heated.

Ratings & Reviews

Good base to start from...

January 21, 2016
Other than the sausage, there's not much adding flavor to the soup, so I modified it quite a bit, hence my rating and title that this is a good starting point for soup, which you can modify as you like. It is very quick to prepare once your ingredients are prepped. I used Spanish chorizo (as that's what I had on hand) and while sauteing the sausage I added chopped onion, garlic and red bell pepper to add some additional flavor. I also added some prepared Israeli couscous and a splash of balsamic vinegar to the individual servings. 

beglisc's Review

January 07, 2015
The best thing about this recipe is it's amazingly FAST--about 15 minutes or so. I expect I'll make this again and again when I need a healthy dinner quickly. It's also really good. I think a couple of things are key: 1) whatever kind of sausage you use, make it spicy. Because this recipe doesn't cook long enough for the flavors to blend, you want something strong to stand out. I used spicy Italian, and it was great. 2) Add a little extra something. I started out with a little chopped onion, and some of my chicken broth was garlic-infused. I served with a hearty loaf of bread and dinner was a hit.

CookFun7's Review

January 05, 2015
I used andouille sausage and that gave the soup tons of flavor. I love that it was so quick to make and with so few ingredients.

Cabel0515's Review

January 22, 2014
I get a lot of kale in my garden and this is one of my go-to ways to use it. My teenagers love it and it's super easy to make.

jarnolduf's Review

January 18, 2014
This soup was a hit with my family! Even my picky children (ages 6,4,1) ate it. I added 3 cloves of garlic and some salt. I also sprinkled shaved parmesan on top. We will make it again soon.

Patyal68's Review

November 26, 2013
This soup was very comforting and nourishing. Perfect for the cold evening. I added chopped red onion and garlic, followed the recipe and the recommendation to add cajun seasoning (1/4 tsp) and pepper. Very yummy. I love that is so simple and quick to prepare.

ssansonetti's Review

November 09, 2013
I started with olive oil and minced garlic, then followed the recipe and then added cajun spice, pepper, and a little salt. It was really yummy!

bjw2309's Review

September 12, 2013
Needs spices. I used andouille sausage as I couldn't find a Cajun spice one. I then added Cajun spice. Outcome was okay but I don't think I will make again.

okkervilali's Review

July 15, 2013
This was good, I'm only giving it 4 stars because there's nothing exceptionally spectacular about it. I used low fat chicken sausage, and added some onion and garlic, because onion and garlic.

H2OQueen's Review

March 25, 2013
Simple, quick meal with lots of flavor. I used chicken chorizo sausage and garbanzo beans. I started with 1 chopped onion and a couple cloves of garlic, added stem part of the chopped kale and sautéed fro a couple minutes before adding the sausage, etc..