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Easy and Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Easy weeknight dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup. You can use fully cooked chicken sausage to reduce cooking time. | www.chicandsugar.com

Does the title shock you? A NON-DESSERT recipe!

At the encouragement of my dear husband, I am going to be posting more healthy recipes on the blog. Not ALL the time, of course. The truth is that photos of sugar and chocolate laden baked goods are just so darn pretty. Healthy meals are – eh – so-so in the photography department.

I don’t eat blueberry muffins, banana bread, or chocolate and peanut butter cookies for dinner. Or lunch. This is the type of meal that we have at home for lunch and dinner. (Who am I kidding? I have a turkey sandwich every stinking day at noon.) Well, okay, dinner. This is an easy, one-pot, 30-minutes or less, healthy dinner.

This chicken sausage, white bean and kale soup is a perfect weeknight meal. I use fully cooked chicken sausage, canned beans and canned tomatoes in this recipe to save time. You may think that I’ve listed a huge amount of kale in the ingredients list, but it wilts down a bunch. If you like things with a little “kick,” add another 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

My favorite way to serve this soup is with heaps of day-old french bread. You can place it on the bottom of the bowl and pour the soup over it. Or, you can cut the bread into 1″ croutons and pour them on top.


SHOWN IN THESE PHOTOS

“Roulette” Low Bowls | Revsersible Placemat (SALE) | “Mallorca” Scalloped Saucer | Square Dish

Shot with a Nikon D7000 + 50mm f/1.4G Prime lens + 18-105mm VR lens


Easy Chicken Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 12 ounce package fully cooked chicken sausage links
  • 1 15 ounce can Great Northern beans, rinsed (can substitute cannellini beans),
  • 4 cups chicken stock (add more stock if you like it more "soupy")
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 5 cups bunch kale leaves (torn into small pieces)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 day-old baguette (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the sausage and cook, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, broth, and diced tomatoes, paprika, oregano and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the kale and a pinch of salt and pepper and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls and serve topped with bread cut into 1" croutons or shavings of Parmesan cheese.

Inspiration for this recipe can be found here, here and here.

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  • Krista
    January 11, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Beautiful Photography, Kimberly!

    • hello@kimberlyfitzsimons.com
      January 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Krista! I am having a lot of fun trying out some new techniques and props 🙂 I appreciate you being my most loyal reader (besides my mom – ha ha)!

  • Blair — The Fox & She
    January 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    OMG!!!! This looks scrumptious! So wishing this was my house right now 🙂

  • Kelly • Dear Lovely
    January 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Oh goodness, this looks delicious! I think I’m gonna have to make this ASAP!!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    January 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Love your photography! Your prep photos are stunning. Great recipe, too 🙂

  • tanya
    January 12, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Oh my, this is the kind of soup I love! I adore using chicken sausage in my soups, such a nice change of pace. And well kale is my new favorite veggie! Such a wonderful soup.

    • hello@kimberlyfitzsimons.com
      January 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Thanks, Tanya! I recently started eating more Kale, too. You could add spinach or other veggies, too!

  • Laura Mitbrodt
    January 13, 2015 at 1:46 am

    yummy this looks good, I love the photos
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    January 13, 2015 at 6:21 am

    It’s so cold where I am and this is exactly the kind of meal I’m craving! It looks amazing and I love the photos!

  • Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire
    January 13, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    You and I are so much alike… I never *really* meant to be a dessert and baking blogger, but it’s soooooooo much easier to photograph a delicious decadent dessert that pretty much styles itself. And a lot more fun. I have to say though, you did a great job photographing this soup. I could definitely eat a bowl of this right about now!

    • hello@kimberlyfitzsimons.com
      January 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Hi, Amanda! I am glad you can relate! Ha ha. How did we end up here? Thanks for your comment!

  • Christina @ Bake with Christina
    January 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    That soup looks so hearty and delicious! Perfect for this cold weather going on too!! Pinned 🙂

  • Michelle { A Latte Food }
    January 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I love this! It looks fantastic and so comforting on a cold day! Pinned!

  • CakePants
    January 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Mmm…this looks delicious! Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of kale, but these gorgeous photos are actually making me want to run out and buy some!

  • shayna
    January 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    My husband and I have been big into making soups this winter. We tried this recipe last weekend and loved it! So easy and delicious. thanks for sharing! I would love to see more soup recipes if you have them. Hope you’re well in NYC! Debbie and I will be there at the end of the month for NYNow and would like to see you and Jackie if you’re available. talk soon, shayna