Chicken Sausage, Kale and Mushroom Soup
My favorite soup bowl is back. This time it’s filled with a hearty Chicken Sausage, Mushroom and Kale Soup. It’s an incredibly healthy soup for you that I know you will love.
When I make soup at home, it’s usually for selfish reasons. I usually make a big pot when I’m feeling under the weather, my body feels like it needs a detox, or I just need something quick and easy to heat up for lunches throughout the week – I love making soup on Sundays just for that reason alone, a huge bonus to have soup ready for weekday lunches. Yes, I’ll admit that my soups are usually for me and if someone else eats it or likes it then Bonus!! Not that my husband or kids don’t like soup (my daughter actually has become a soup lover, my son is on the verge of turning) – it’s that maybe my soups tend to be a little too healthy and too “veggie” for them. My husband will be the first to ask what kind of meat is in the soup. So lately I’ve been trying to really incorporate some type of lean protein (other than beans!) like chicken or ground turkey. For this soup I decided fresh chicken sausage would be perfect. And it was!
Both my daughter and my husband loved this soup for dinner. Since I added the sausage to it, it technically qualified as a dinner and I was happy to only have a few bowls to wash because of it. My son isn’t a huge fan of mushrooms so I didn’t push this one on him, but I have a feeling one day he’ll be on board.
This soup recipe is chock full of goodness…the mushrooms, kale and chicken sausage make it hearty but the light veggie soup base still keeps it light and really good for you. It’s something to feel good about eating that’s for sure, and we need that especially now since spring (and spring clothing) is just around the corner. Enjoy!
Chicken Sausage, Kale and Mushroom Soup
Yield: about 6-8 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1 - 1.25 lb fresh Italian chicken sausage, cut in 1" pieces
- 12 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 -3 handfuls of chopped kale
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 14.5 can diced Italian tomatoes
- 3 cans of water (I use can from tomatoes)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried Italian herb blend
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil over medium high heat in a large soup pot. Add sausage to pot and cook until browned. Add onions, celery and garlic to pot and cook for about 5 minutes until vegetables are softened. Add mushrooms, a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Add broth, kale, tomatoes, water and Italian herb blend and bring to a slow boil.
- Cook over medium heat for 20 - 30 minutes until kale is completely cooked through. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.
- Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread for a light meal.
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Love these flavors! I’m thinking this needs to be dinner tonight!
This is my kind of soup!! I love that you use water instead of chicken broth. I need to do that more often. We are making a sausage and kale soup later this week with cannellini beans and fire roasted tomatoes. Will you come join and bring the bread? xo
I use both! I always start with a 4 cup carton of broth, then I “rinse” out the flavor of all the canned tomatoes and add additional water that way because the soup always needs more liquid and I’m too cheap to use another carton of broth. 🙂
This is my kinda soup as well!! My husband says soup isn’t a meal hahaha but I like to think otherwise 🙂
YES! Soup rocks. And a lot of soups taste better after theyve stewed for a bit. Pretty bowl
Love the combination in this easy soup Aggie – perfect for the chilly weather we’ve been having this winter!
This is perfect! I love soups made with sausage as well (posted one today too!), it is such a time saver and easy way to add lean protein.
Love this soup! I do the same thing sometimes… I like to make things that I know work for me to have for lunch during the week and if someone else likes it, great… otherwise, more for me!
Love all of these flavors! So hearty and delicious!
This sounds like a super hearty and healthy soup! mmmm… pinning to make once the baby arrives!
Oh this looks like a yummy filling soup! Delish! Pinning!
Sausage is such an efficient way to add protein and flavor to soup. This one looks like a winner!
It really is Kirsten, a little goes a long way! Thank you 🙂
Oh how delicious, I just love all the flavors you used in this soup! I am dying to make this 🙂
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