10 servings (serving size: about 1 3/4 cups)

This version of a traditional Portuguese soup uses sweet potatoes in place of white potatoes. For a thicker consistency, coarsely mash some of the beans before adding them to the soup.

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove casings from sausage; add sausage to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add potato, 5 cups water, and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Gradually add kale; cook 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and beans; cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Ratings & Reviews

suecola1963's Review

November 02, 2013
Excellent soup, I substituted with fajita seasoned chicken sausage and black beans, which is what I had in the house. I added zucchini and butternut squash. A new favorite for me!

Too bland...So I added spice

November 30, 2016
After eating two bowls of this soup, I decided it was too bland for me.  The next day I got the idea to try it  with  Cajun seasoning.  It did the  trick!  The flavor  of  the sweet Italian sausage goes well  with  this spice.

BlueeyedSara7's Review

October 29, 2013
Very flavorful soup and will make again. Couldn't find sweet turkey Italian sausage but used chicken-apple sausage instead. Was a little low on chicken broth so I threw in about a half-cup white wine.

happyone4Him's Review

September 30, 2012
I have made this soup for 5 years and my husband loves it. We enjoy soups especially when the weather gets cooler and this is a fave!!!!!!! If you have a bread maker sweet Hawaiian bread is a great match.

KMartinez's Review

August 14, 2012
Definitely a very good and flavorful soup. My kids will eat it, though they prefer the broth and meat over the veggies. I have made this many times, using both sweet and hot sausage.

olielove's Review

February 07, 2012
Got rave reviews from my family. Only change was using hot italian turkey sausage which gave plenty of flavor.

Sannblack's Review

November 05, 2011
Delicious soup--a new favorite for my husband and me. I substituted turkey kielbasa for the sausage and black pepper for the red pepper. The blend of flavors is superb. SAB

KitchenPoet's Review

October 30, 2010
This was wonderful! I actually made it vegetarian by using vegetable broth and vegetarian Italian "sausage" from Trader Joe's (in the refrigerator section). Awesome!

tippytoes's Review

October 22, 2010
I halved the recipe since I was only cooking for 2. I followed the advice of several reviewers and I pureed the soup at the end. I cooked the sausage separately and added to the pureed soup. I think it tasted much better with the creamy consistency and all the flavors combined well. Also I used a low fat turkey sausage. My boyfriend who is not a fan of kale love this recipe. The sweet potatoes and beans really cut out the bitterness of the kale. I will definitely be making it again.

smmslo's Review

January 21, 2010
This soup is SO good. Definitely will prepare again. Very tasty, interesting mix of tastes (sweet potatoes, hot, sweet). Great for cold winter's night. Doubled the sausage and may double the beans next time. Crushed some of the beans for a thicker texture, but i'm sure as a broth would be very good too. Ate by itself, husband had toasted baguette with his. We each had 2 servings the first night! Highly recommended!