Potato Sausage and Kale Soup

This Potato Sausage and Kale Soup recipe is a hearty soup that is similar to Olive Garden’s popular Zuppa Toscana.

bowl of potato sausage and kale soup with slices of bread

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go to Olive Garden. It’s just not a restaurant that I frequent. I’ve heard that they do have a pretty amazing zuppa toscana, and I’m told that this recipe is a close copycat. You must make some of this potato sausage and kale soup to enjoy as a warm-you-up dinner on a chilly day!

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🛒 Ingredients Needed:

  • sweet Italian sausage
  • onion
  • chicken bouillon granules
  • garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • red potatoes
  • fresh kale
  • 2% milk
  • heavy whipping cream
  • cornstarch
  • cold water
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✏️ How to make Potato Sausage and Kale Soup:

*The complete, printable recipe is in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink and the onion is tender, breaking up the sausage into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in the seasonings. Add the potatoes, kale, milk and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the soup. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
overhead shot of potato sausage and kale soup with wooden spoon in pan

➡️ Tips and Substitutions:

  • Use chicken sausage in place of sweet Italian sausage, if you’d like.
  • Fresh spinach may be substituted for fresh kale.
  • If you’d like to lighten things up, use half and half or whole milk. The soup won’t be as thick.
spooning soup into soup bowl

✔️ Make Ahead and Storage:

You can absolutely make this soup ahead and warm it up to eat later. As the soup sits, it may thicken up a bit, so it’s best to have some chicken broth on hand in case you need to thin it out some. Keep leftovers stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

overhead shot of potato sausage and kale soup in bowl

❤️ What I Love About This Recipe:

  1. If soup can be comfort food, this is the soup!
  2. Bread soaked up in the broth of this soup is amazing.
  3. My husband doesn’t like kale, but in this soup he doesn’t even notice it!
potato sausage and kale soup in a bowl
bowl of potato sausage and kale soup with slices of bread

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Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup

This soup is similar to Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.

Recipe Details

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 27 minutes

Total Time: 57 minutes

Course: Soup

Cuisine: American

Keyword: kale, potato, sausage, soup

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 596kcal

Author: RecipeGirl.com (shared from the Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook)

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium red potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 cups sliced fresh kale
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink and the onion is tender, breaking up the sausage into crumbles; drain.

  2. Stir in the seasonings. Add the potatoes, kale, milk and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the soup. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (1 1/2 cups), Calories: 596kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 125mg, Sodium: 791mg, Potassium: 1100mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 4411IU, Vitamin C: 44mg, Calcium: 367mg, Iron: 2mg

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