Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup

Come join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush™’s Beans, Hip Hostess, Pillsbury and Westminster CrackersWe are excited to offer this week’s surprise recipe, Slow Cooker Italian Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup, as a part of this event, which is sure to bring you lots of other great soup recipes from around the food blogosphere.
We love soup during these cooler winter months.  This soup recipe is one of The Lucky Wife’s favorites.  It was inspired by, of all people, Emeril Lagasse — not the complete soup, mind you, but a key ingredient: kale.

I had never heard of it, much less eaten it.  It was several years ago, but I remember watching Emeril make a kale soup with sausage in it.  I believe he used Polish sausage.  That intrigued me, and many years later with culinary school behind me, I ventured into creating something with kale.
I remember eating a “Tuscan white bean” soup at a restaurant and thoroughly enjoying it. Being a foodie, I attempted to recreate it.  I did not come close to reproducing it down to the letter, but my end result was good.  I made a white bean, tomato and Italian sausage soup.  It wasn’t until later I added kale into the mix. The deep green color added a complimentary color to the soup (the deep green really brought out the bright white of the beans and red of the tomato), and the earthy flavor helped balance the pungency of the sausage, tomatoes and garlic.  It is also a great way to get more leafy green vegetables into your family’s diet.
Did you know kale is a superfood…. not to mention white beans AND garlic?  So not only is this soup delicious and beautiful but also super healthy with 3 superfood ingredients!


Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup


  • 1.5 pounds bulk Italian sausage (we use turkey)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, liquid included
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans Bush’s white beans, drained
  • 5 to 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 5 cups kale greens, chopped
Cooking Directions:
  1. Brown turkey and garlic together and drain excess grease.
  2. Place in large 5 to 6-quart crock-pot.
  3. Add beans and tomatoes.
  4. Add chicken broth until completely covered by at least a half inch. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Add kale and fold in until kale is completely moist. Cook on low approximately 6 to 6.5 hours or until kale is tender. Makes approximately 8-10 servings.
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*NOTEThis recipe has been reviewed by Nutritionist, Suzzanne Meyer, who specializes in food sensitivities. This recipe is free of the following: corn, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, oatmeal, potato, soy, wheat, and yeast.  It is low in salicylates and moderate in amines.  Please see her legal disclaimer.

Please also note: You will need to make sure the ingredient brands you use are completely free of any food that is problematic for you.
Family ratings:
Rating scale
1 star – Feed it to the dog
2 stars – Surprise your neighbor
3 stars – Definite keeper
4 stars – Looking forward to leftovers
5 stars – Clean plate and nap time!  Are there enough ingredients left to make it again soon?
The Chef – 4 Stars
The Lucky Wife – 5 Stars
The Well-Fed Son (4 years old) – 4 Stars
The Well-Fed Daughter (5 months old) – Mommy’s Baby Girl (5 Stars)

*Rate it yourself in the comments!



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About the Author

Raised in eastern North Carolina, The Chef has always most loved southern cuisine. While working for a top resort just after finishing Culinary School at Johnson and Wales University, when they still had a campus located in Charleston, South Carolina, he began learning about Gullah cuisine and enjoys it as well. He's a family man and country boy at heart, loves hunting and is a big fan of the John Boy and Billy Big Show and the Carolina Panthers.


  1. Absolultly delisioso!!! My neighbor gave me sausage from a wild pig they got and I used that (polish sausage )
    Truly the best soup I have made. Whole family loved it

  2. This looks delicious! Happy SITS day!

  3. This looks yummylicious!

  4. This looks wonderful! I love using my slow cooker in the summer. I put it out on the porch so it doesn't add heat to the house. This would make a hearty meal after a long day of work. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  5. Yum, this one sure looks like a hearty and delicious meal :-)

  6. I make this soup all the time on the stovetop. I don't have time for that today, and this looks like a wonderful way to get the same results!! Thanks for the idea!!

  7. Thank you, Liz!

  8. I love your rating system! Too cute.

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