Sausage & Chicken Soup with Kale

Today’s recipe of Sausage & Chicken Soup with Kale was completely inspired by the weather.  While it’s snuggly warm inside we were blessed again with another sprinkling of snow here in Central Virginia.  It’s so beautiful to see out the window, however not fun to drive in.

Poor Emery he has to go to work today.  The snow stopped falling just a little bit ago, but it doesn’t appear to be sticking to the roads.  I just hope it doesn’t freeze later tonight, and make for a dangerous commute home for him on those back country roads.

So, after peeking into the refrigerator I thought a big bowl of soup would hit the spot.  I wanted something hearty, filling, and nourishing.  Definitely not something wimpy.  After all, Emery and I have limited time together because of his work schedule. When we have a chance to sit down and share a meal I’m excited and we try to make it as memorable as possible, and this Sausage & Chicken Soup with Kale definitely hits the spot!

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The recipe below is easy to make, satisfying, and filling.  For my recipe I used the Butterball turkey kielbasa, which is what I had available at home.  Any sausage would do great, but just keep in mind that if you use beef kielbasa you might want to cook it separately before adding it to your pot of soup.  It can be a bit greasy, and in my opinion would ruin all of your hard work.

Another thing to mention is that I brown my flour first.  This method is what I lovingly refer to as Dad’s method.  Both of my parents are fantastic cooks, and my dad makes the best biscuits and gravy ever!  Ever since I was young he would start with  a heavy cast iron skillet and gently brown his flour over medium heat.  It toasts the flour and gives it a great nutty flavor.

In our freezer I found some leftover homemade pasta dough and decided to use that.  It took a few extra minutes to defrost and roll into cylinders, but it worked well in the soup.  Actually any pasta that you have in your pantry would be great.  It does add a little time to the cooking process to use dried noodles, but I actually think in this situation the “bite” would be much better.   I tore the kale into small pieces making sure to discard the stalk in the center, and to concentrate on just the leaves.

After bringing the soup to a boil, the kale was added once the pasta had finished cooking.  I recommend that before serving this beautiful soup to add a sprinkle or shaving of Parmesan cheese.  It not only adds a little extra saltiness, but also looks amazing on top.  If you have fresh lemons available, then I highly recommend a little squeeze of lemon juice, or fresh lemon zest too.  In my opinion adding one of those two items, or even both elevates this from just average to great!

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Sausage & Chicken Soup with Kale


  • 2 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1 14.5 oz can of chicken broth
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts chopped
  • 1 sausage link (kielbasa) (2 links if Italian, bratwurst, etc.)
  • 3 leaves of kale, torn into small pieces
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of uncooked pasta.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt & pepper (more or less to taste)
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, or lemon zest


  1. In a large heavy skillet on medium high heat add 2 tablespoons of flour.
  2. Stir flour till it lightly browns. (Make sure not to allow flour to burn or you will have to start over)
  3. Turn down heat to medium.
  4. Slowly add the can of chicken broth while whisking. Bring to a low simmer.
  5. Add onions, garlic, chicken, sausage, and water. Turn up heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Cook till chicken is done.
  6. Add pasta (dried pasta- cook for another 10 minutes/ fresh pasta- cook for a 2-3 minutes)
  7. Add kale, mix well into soup, and cover pot for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Turn off heat, and let pot to rest for a few minutes.
  9. Serve as is or with a shaving of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, or fresh lemon juice sprinkled on top.
  10. Enjoy!

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4 Responses

  1. Hello Kimie:
    Fun finding you on The SITSgirls Spring Fling! This soup looks great- healthy and satisfying (sometimes hard to find both). Thanks for the post!

    • says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I just love this soup and I hope you will too. :) Love SITSgirls… yay for Spring Fling!

  2. Barb says:

    I’m really into kale these days. Still trying to perfect the kale chips, haven’t quite got it yet, but keep trying. This soup looks yummy. Thanks for sharing. Visiting via SITS Spring Fling group 11

    • says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I love kale too. I went to a food show yesterday, and they were doing a lot with kale. Right now kale salad is getting really popular too. SITS girls are awesome. :)

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