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Kale and White Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

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This Kale and White Beans Soup is so hearty and delicious. The savory smoked sausage gives the soup tons of flavor, too.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 35 mins
Soak time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 457


  • 1 lb dried white beans such as Great Northern, cannellini, or navy
  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 3- by 2-inch piece Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf (not California)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 lb smoked sausage sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 carrots halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb kale (I used curly, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped)


  • Cover beans with water by 2 inches in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand, uncovered, 1 hour. Drain beans in a colander and rinse.
  • Cook onions in oil in an 8-quart pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add beans, broth, 1 quart water, cheese rind, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and rosemary and simmer, uncovered, until beans are just tender, about 1 hour.
  • While soup is simmering, brown sausage in batches in a heavy skillet over moderate heat, turning, then transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Stir carrots into soup and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in kale and remaining quart water and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Add in smoked sausage and season soup with salt and pepper.


Adapted from: Epicurious


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1675mg | Potassium: 1713mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 13305IU | Vitamin C: 83.5mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 7.8mg