Mediterranean Kale & White Bean Soup With Sausage

"Pulled from Fine Cooking Magazine (Feb/Mar. 2008)--my current FAVORITE cooking magazine. I made it last night for the family, and WHOA, is it good! Granted I am blessed with two little boys and a husband who love nearly all food, but they all liked this one A LOT! It isn't overly brothy--consider adding a couple more cups of broth if you like it more "wet." It's garlicky, fairly simple, and very nutritious! The magazine says it's best served with crusty cheese toasts. I did just that, and served it with (Safeway brand) frozen five-cheese toast. YUM!"
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Ready In:
10 cups




  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a 4 or 5-quart heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, working to break into bite sized pieces, until lightly browned, about five minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate, leaving any rendered fat in the pot.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to the pot, increase the heat to medium-high, and add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften and brown, about 2 minutes more. Be sure to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the garlic, pepper flakes, salt & black pepper and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • When the broth reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium, add the sausage along with any collected juices, and HALF of the beans.
  • Mash the remaining cup of beans with a fork or wooden spoon and add them to the pot, stirring to distribute.
  • Stir in the kale, adjust the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, and simmer until the kale is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. (I cover the pot loosely during this step to prevent too much reduction in the broth.).
  • Stir in the lemon juice and zest just before serving.
  • (It's even better the next day!).

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  1. Susan H.
    can I format for printing without all the other stuff on the page>?


  1. Virginia37
    Fine Cooking is also my favorite food magazine and I've been making this recipe for several years. I use half again as much onion, carrot and celery and 12 oz hot Italian turkey sausage. I use 2 (14.5 oz) can beans and put one in the mini food processor with about 1/4 cup of the chicken broth, of which I use 7 to 8 cups. I find that 8 to 12 oz of kale is enough. We grow kale in our garden and I make this often and give some to a friend who is partially disabled and she just loves it. It also freezes well.
  2. A Marsteller
    A hearty, flavorful and comforting anytime soup, everything you want in one bowl!
  3. Lynette in Chandler
    This is a great soup! I've made it a few times now and keep trying to add a little more flavor and substance. Here's my changes and both my husband and I think this the best version. Instead of six cups of chicken broth, use 8 cups. One bunch of kale instead of one pound. Add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano when the chicken broth is added. Add 1 cup of dry tortellini and simmer and additional 30 minutes. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Yummy!
  4. PJ991092
    This was a really enjoyable soup. It has become a "keeper". I agree other posters that an extra squeeze of lemon balances it out. For me, I preferred more beans so I muddled about half a cup to give a little more meaty flavor. I didn't want to over do it.
  5. Bananas
    We love this recipe! I will be making it again very soon! Thanks for sharing


  1. shoppergirl416
    Wanted a stew rather than a soup. Used hot Italian sausage, ~4 cups veg. broth because I didn't have any chicken, giant lima beans because I didn't have any cannellini, a serano pepper because I had one, all the lacinato kale I had (probably 4 cups), some ground fennel and a bay leaf. I mashed half the limas and added to the pot and let it simmer for a while to thicken. Then added the sausage and kale. When kale was tender, threw in a few big handfuls of spinach. Served with parm cheese and ciabatta bread. DELICIOUS!
  2. Dwynnie
    This was a great soup--I left out the celery (didn't have any) and used 1 1/2 lbs of sausage formed into little meat balls. (We will use the extra sausage next time too, but the more flavorful the sausage the better--ours seemed a little bland.) I couldn't find kale at the store and so used spinach instead. This soup definitely needs the entire pound of spinach--and might be able to use a bit extra. (The spinach might cook up more than the kale?) Thank you for a keeper!
  3. PaulaG
    This is an outstanding soup for a cold winter evening. I made this using hot Italian sausage and 2 cans of cannellini beans. I substituted fresh collard greens for the kale. Served this with french bread for a hearty and warming dinner.
  4. philcan
    I have made this soup 4 or 5 times. I made the following changes to suit my tastes. I used 64 oz. broth and 19 oz. cans of beans (drained). Mashed one can of beans. I don't eat pork, so I used 3 links of chicken sausage (removed from casing). I used a dash of cayenne instead of pepper flakes. And, I found the plastic bag of cut kale easier (and less messy) to use. Great soup for cold winter days.
  5. carapug
    I was looking for a white bean soup similar to the beans n' greens soup my guy's Italian mother makes, except with sausage rather than ham. This is a yummy soup. I made some changes to the recipe- I added a bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, and used fresh spinach instead of the kale. If you do this, the spinach cooks much quicker than the kale- maybe 5-10 minutes depending on how done you like it. I also nixed the lemon zest and juice; we sprinkled a little red wine vinegar instead on our individual servings. Delish. Thanks for sharing!


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