Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Soup and StewGluten-FreeLow CarbKale

Hearty kale sausage soup! With Italian sausage, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, onions, garlic, and kale.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Oh my it has been a cold week in much of the country—a good reason to stay inside and keep warm with a big pot of hearty soup!

Kale is plentiful in the markets these days, mostly because it’s one vegetable that seems to thrive in cold temperatures. Kale and Italian sausage are one of those heavenly combinations, and together with beans, onions, tomatoes, and stock? Truly delicious.

Kale Sausage Chickpea Soup

Sprinkle with a little Parmesan to serve, so good!

Do you have a favorite soup that makes generous use of kale? Please let us know about it in the comments. I’m always looking for new ways to eat my favorite winter vegetable.

Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 1/2 pound mild Italian bulk sausage
  • Olive oil (if needed)
  • 3 cups sliced onions
  • 5 cloves garlic minced (about 5 teaspoons)
  • 1 28-ounce whole peeled tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 6 cups sliced kale (about 2 bunches lacinato kale, stems removed, leaves sliced into 1/2-inch wide slices)
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


1 Put the sausage in a large (5-qt) thick-bottomed pot and heat on medium or medium low heat.

Break up the large clumps of sausage and gently cook until lightly browned, rendering out the fat from the sausage. If the sausage is relatively lean and doesn't produce much fat when you cook it, add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pot. Note that you are just trying to lightly brown the sausage, not cook it through.


Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside. You should have at least one tablespoon of fat or oil left in the pot, if not, add more.

2 Add the sliced onions to the pot and cook on medium heat until translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more.

3 Add the chopped tomatoes, stock, bay leaves, oregano, and pepper. Bring to a simmer on high heat, reduce the heat to low and maintain a simmer for about 15 minutes.

4 Add the chopped kale, chickpeas, and sausage to the soup. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the kale is tender. Add salt to taste.

Garnish with grated Parmesan to serve.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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32 Comments / Reviews

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  • Rich

    I’ve made this soup many times and love it. I love that people say this is the best recipe ever and change half the ingredients.
    I’m no different 2#sausage, 44oz of diced fire roasted tomatoes with green chilles, two cans od chick peas.maxed out the Dutch oven. Maybe we should say the most inspiring recipe ever.


  • Cath1way

    Remember to take out the bay leaves prior to adding the kale :) I’ve made this soup numerous times with rave reviews by all. Excellent choice for a cold, wintry day or any time you feel the need for a healthy, comforting bowl of wonderful. I add a pound of spicy Italian sausage and carrots.


  • Doreen

    Seriously the best soup!!! I deleted all my other kale bean soup recipes. I added more bays than recipe called for, but that was only adjustment. Delish.


  • Maureen Lay

    I was wonder the nutrition facts, I made it and it was wonderful, I gave some to one of my friends she loved it, but she’s a diabetic and wanted to know the carbs contents.

  • Morgan

    I made this last night and while I’ve made soups like this one before this blew me away! I’m not sure if it just really fulfilled a craving I wasn’t aware I had or if the chick peas instead of the usual white beans made that much of a difference but thanks for such a great recipe! I’ll definitely make this again!

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