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Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

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Ok, so it looks like I chose to post a soup recipe on the one crazy 74-degree day in the middle of January.

But even though I am writing this in a tank top, my flip flops, with an iced coffee in my hand, that doesn’t change the fact that I have been craving soups nonstop lately. As in, I have zero self-discipline to wait until I finish my leftovers from one before I whip up a new batch. So I may or may not have used up pretty much all of the tupperware I own, which is now falling out of gracing the interior of my freezer. Because did I mention that I always make double batches of soups?

I may need a soup intervention.

But hey! At least the result is a few more slurpy soup recipes to add to the blog! Today’s recipe was one I actually made (and Instagram-ed) a few weeks ago after a conversation with my friend Christy. She happens to be a bit of a creative soup genius, and admitted to me that she and her husband have been pretty much living on soups all winter. (Which he confirmed with a smile.)  But she told me that one of her recent favorites was a sweet potato, sausage and kale soup.

So of course, immediately after she said that, I immediately wanted a bowl of my own. So I went home and whipped up a batch with some spicy chicken sausage to make it a tad healthier. And lo and behold, it was a total delight. Comforting, full of great flavor, and a breeze to make. Great for a chilly winter day…or a 74-degree winter day. You pick. :)

What has been one of your favorite soups this winter?

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Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


A delicious sweet and savory soup that everyone will love!


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian chicken or turkey sausage, crumbled
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 8 cups peeled and diced sweet potato (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried pasta (I used orecchiette)
  • 3 cups roughly-chopped kale
  • salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and sausage and cook for 5-7 minutes until the onion is translucent and the sausage begins to slightly brown, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add chicken broth, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the pasta, stir to combine, and let cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Stir in the kale, and season the soup with black pepper and additional salt if needed. Serve warm garnished with lots of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup |

Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup |
Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup |

Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup |

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34 comments on “Sweet Potato, Sausage & Kale Soup”

  1. sounds soo comforting and nutritious! can’t wait to try :)

  2. I want soup all year around – love the colors in this one!

  3. This sounds incredible…we still have freezing temps, so Ill take this soup anyday!

  4. 74 degrees?! I’m definitely moving…

  5. One of our faves this winter has been unstuffed green pepper soup. It’s easy with ground hamburger or turkey, chopped multi-colored peppers, rice, tomatoes, a bit of brown sugar and a splash of vinegar to keep things interesting. Yummy with cornbread!

  6. Looks amazing! Love the combination of ingredients.

  7. This looks sooooo warm and comforting. Pinning to try!

  8. I’ll take a bowl of soup like this any day…even its 100 outside:) I love me a good bowl of soup, and this looks so wonderful! It’s crazy warm here today too, but I’m loving it. ;)

  9. This looks so good… I wonder if I could get Tanner to eat it with the kale…

  10. First of all, I am SO jealous that it is 74 degrees where you are. I want to be in flip flops drinking iced coffee! This soups sounds awesome. Especially since it is freezing where I live. My favorite soup lately is curried sweet potato and peanut soup. It’s amazing!

  11. Your soup looks so vibrant and comforting, I love it!

  12. Amazing pics as usual and a great soup!!

  13. You definitely don’t need a soup intervention! Bring on the soups! :)

    This looks so hearty – I really need a bowl for lunch right now!

  14. I’ve made something similar without the sweet potatoes. This reminds me I need to make it again. My favorite soup by far is French Onion. I could eat it every day.

  15. Can I have a bowl, at your house, and chatting on the side?

  16. Made this tonight. So yummy! Left out pasta. Only difference I would do would be to brown sausage separately and drain the fat then add to cooked onion and garlic.

  17. What a STUNNING bowl of soup. Must try this!

  18. This looks like the kale, turkey, and brown rice soup Giada just featured on her show. If this tastes anything like that one, it would be a nice alternative to change it up a little. Thanks for posting!

  19. What a perfectly simple soup! Nice and hearty…perfect for the winter! :D

  20. I made this last night. It was soooo good! Hubby couldn’t get enough of it. Have leftovers for lunch today and can’t wait to eat again. Thank you for this recipe!

  21. I wish we were having a warm winter! But I’ll still take this soup on a cold winter day. :)

  22. I made this last night with Italian turkey sausage and Orzo pasta. It was fantastic! Thank you for the recipe.

  23. Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for posting this. I have made this soup twice in the last month and I love it. I leave the pasta out to save on calories, and it’s soooo good. Probably my favorite soup now! So happy I found your blog!! Oh and it’s 65 degrees out today. This soup is perfect for any weather! <3

  24. I made this tonight and it is DELICIOUS. I used linguica (a type of portuguese) sausage, as well as vegetable broth — something about pairing chicken broth in a pork soup always weirds me out. 

    Thanks for such an amazing and easy recipe. I never feel bad eating pasta when it’s alongside kale ;)

  25. Hi! Can you use frozen kale in this recipe? Dying to try it! 

  26. I make this all the time. I brought it to a friend’s house on a moving day, and they were hooked. We finished the whole pot between the four of us in minutes. Everyone I make it for asks for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  27. I’ve made this twice.
    First time I used yams and this time I used sweet potato.
    The yam version was way better, as they are sweeter and was a better compliment to the spicy sausage.
    Guess will have to finish this batch, 4 containers in the freezer.