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Sausage kale quinoa soup recipe

Sausage, Kale and Quinoa Soup Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course soups
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 373 kcal

what you'll need

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage mild or hot, casings left on and thinly sliced
  • 2 small strips bacon chopped(optional)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 medium carrots thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa any color
  • 1/2 bunch kale deveined and torn into 1" pieces
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • salt or chicken bouillon to taste
  • black pepper or red pepper flakes to taste

let's do it

  • Place soup pot over medium-high heat. Add Italian sausage and bacon then brown until cooked completely through, about 6–8 minutes. Remove sausage and bacon from pot and drain as much grease as possible into a heat proof container. Return pot to stove and reduce heat to medium.
  • Measure 2 Tbsp fat back into pot and add diced onion and carrots. Cook for about 4–5 minutes until onions are translucent stirring occasionally. Add garlic then cook 1 additional minute.
  • Sprinkle flour over onions and cook while stirring for one minute. Pour in chicken broth and scrape up any brown spots in bottom of pot. Bring to a boil then add uncooked quinoa. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
  • Stir in reserved sausage and bacon. Add kale and let it simmer in the soup until it reaches desired tenderness—5 minutes for crisp-tender or about 5–10 minutes longer for softer kale.
  • Stir in heavy cream, season to taste with salt (or chicken bouillon) and pepper of choice and serve.

One Last Thing

You can use the standard curly kale or Tuscan kale, sometimes labeled as Cavolo Nero!


Calories: 373kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 19gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1374mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
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