Butter Bean, Sausage & Kale Soup

by DanicasDaily on January 5, 2012

This Butter Bean, Sausage & Kale soup recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes.  It is loaded with flavor from the STAR ingredients ~ Spicy Turkey Sausage and Italian Tomatoes.  This recipe was inspired based on all the delicious soup recipes I saw in my Weight Watcher Classic Comforts Cookbook and the BIG can of butter beans I have been wanting to find a way to use.  I LOVE idea of taking flavored sausage, plus beans plus VEGGIES to create a soup that gets better with each bite.




  • 2 links, 7 oz total, Lean Spicy Turkey Italian Sausage, casings removed (I used Jennie-O)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 32 oz Chicken Broth
  • 15 1/2 oz white beans, drained and rinsed, (I USED BIG Butter Beans)
  • 14 1/2 oz can diced, Italian tomatoes
  • 1/2 Kale bunch, roughly chopped
  • A few pinches of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly Ground Pepper and sea salt to taste


1.  Spray a large saucepan with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat.  Add the sausage, onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring frequently to break up the sausage until the sausage is no longer pink, 8 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

2.  Add the water, beans, and broth; bring to a boil.  Add the Kale, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

Makes 4 LARGE servings, 5 Points+ Each!!

Nutritional information per 1 HEAPING cup serving calculated using caloriecount.com



Add your lean spicy turkey sausage plus veggies and cook over medium high heat.


Add your garlic and cook 1 additional minute.


Add your beans, tomatoes, water and chicken broth.


Add your kale, cover and cook until kale is cooked, about 10 minutes.


Tadah!!! Super fast, super easy!  Add crushed red pepper flakes.


Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and additional crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce!


This soup freezes well too so why not double the recipe to have some now and then later for the nights you don’t feel like cooking.

Sometimes looking through my archives for recipes to share with you all this early in the morning totally makes me hungry.  I am pretty sure if I had some of this on hand, I’d be eating it right now, at ohhh, 6 am Open-mouthed smile…..

Have a fantastic day all!  I will be back tonight with my daily eats!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

BroccoliHut November 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Wow! This sounds so delicious! I think I’ll try making this with soy sausage:)


Sami January 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

I’m always at a loss for what ways I can get creative with kale…I get so frustrated when I realize it’s gone bad because I forget to look up recipes using it! Thanks for another wonderful idea!


christine January 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

LOVE Kale thanks for another creative and looks delicious way to use it!!



Theresa January 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

That looks delicious!


Allison January 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Love veggie filled soups and the sausage adds protein for staying power! My crock pot is cooking away at the moment and I’m making a super simple chicken soup 😀 BTW, what do you do to freeze the leftovers? I don’t know if we’ll have any but if we do, I’d love to store it!


DanicasDaily January 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

HI Allison,

Yes, I freeze all of my soups in individual single serving containers to make for an easy grab/go lunch or dinner for days I just don’t feel like cooking.



Colleen January 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

This soup was SO good!! My husband loved it too!
Thanks Danica :-)


Anne August 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Danica, your Kale soup is a great recipe. It is delicious, healthy and filling. Kale is definitely on my shopping list every week, good in salads, a simple sauce with Kale & goat cheese on pasta is yummy too.. Thank You!


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