Kale Sausage Soup with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

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

Kale Sausage Chickpea Soup
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
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 75 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 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) can whole peeled tomatoes with their juices, roughly chopped

  • 8 cups chicken stock

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs of oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 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

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Lightly brown the sausage:

    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.

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    Elise Bauer

    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. Cook the onions and garlic:

    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.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  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.

    Elise Bauer
  4. Add the chopped kale, chickpeas, and sausage:

    Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the kale is tender. Add salt to taste.

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    Elise Bauer

    Garnish with grated Parmesan to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
426 Calories
19g Fat
45g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 426
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1015mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 79mg 395%
Calcium 238mg 18%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1424mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.