Low Carb Kale Sausage Soup

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This Low Carb Kale Sausage Soup is one of our favorite low-carb soups, with hearty chunks of sausage and kale in a creamy broth.

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Low Carb Kale & Sausage Soup

* photos updated March 2021

You might not know this, but sausage and kale go really well together, and when you add them to a creamy broth, it becomes a soul-warming soup that you’ll want to eat all the time.

A soup like this, with pork sausage and kale, is called Zuppa Tuscano in Italy, although the Italian version always includes potatoes or white beans. I created this soup based on the Italian soup because the flavors are so delicious together, but I’ve made it low-carb by removing the starches.

It’s truly one of my favorite soups and I’m thrilled that it can be made low carb in a very easy way, so I can still enjoy it on my low-carb diet. This version doesn’t use a lot of onions and has no tomato paste, which can add additional unnecessary carbs. Believe me, you won’t miss them.

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What Sausage to Use

If you’re wondering what type of sausage to use for this recipe, it’s flexible. To me, the best sausage to use is one that has some seasoning mixed in. I use spicy ground sausage (Jimmy Dean Hot), because it has a ton of flavor and it’s not too spicy.

I’ve also used spicy Italian ground pork, I’ve removed the casings from Italian sausage, and I’ve used plain ground sausage. If you use plain ground sausage, you might want to add some additional seasonings (oregano or Italian seasoning).

Whatever sausage you use, just make sure it doesn’t contain extra hidden carbs in the form of sugars.

How to Make Kale Sausage Soup

Ingredients: Sausage, bacon, onion, garlic, chicken broth, kale, tomatoes, cream, salt and pepper.
1
Brown and crumble the ground sausage in a 3-qt saucepan. Remove from pot.
2
Add the bacon and saute until browned. Remove from pot.
3
Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, then add the garlic.
4
Pour in the broth (chicken or vegetable). Season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
5
Add back in the sausage and bacon.
6
Stir in the kale and simmer for 10 minutes.
7
Add the tomatoes and simmer another 5 minutes.
8
Reduce heat and add the cream to the pot. Simmer another 5 minutes.
9
Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
This soup develops a ton of flavor in just 30 minutes.
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Additional Tips

  • It adds an extra depth of flavor to sauté the kale in the bacon drippings before adding it to the soup. I do this whenever I have time and it does make a difference, but you can skip this step, if you want.
  • This soup isn’t thick. If you want to thicken it up a little bit, you can add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum and let it simmer to thicken. I don’t find this necessary. I like the brothy soup, especially on cold days.
  • If you like a tomatoey broth, add 2 tbsp tomato paste when you add the broth. Remember that adding tomato paste will add to the carbs in the soup.

Can Kale Sausage Soup Be Frozen?

This soup doesn’t freeze well due to the addition of the cream. If you want to freeze some of the soup, I would suggest reserving what you wish to freeze before adding the cream. Freezing it without the cream will allow the reheating of the soup without clumpy broken cream.

Reheat the frozen soup on the stovetop and add the cream once the soup has been fully reheated.

» If you like this soup you may want to try these other soups that we love just as much. Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup, Low Carb Kale Sausage Soup and Low Carb Cheeseburger Soup.

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Low Carb Kale Sausage Soup

This Low Carb Kale Sausage Soup has hearty chunks of sausage and kale in a creamy broth.
4.78 from 31 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Kale, Sausage
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Laura

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground pork sausage
  • 4 oz bacon chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3 cups kale chopped, hard stems removed
  • 15 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Parmesan cheese shredded for serving

Instructions

  • Brown the sausage in a large soup pot over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks. When done, transfer sausage to a plate.
  • Cook the bacon in the same pot over medium heat until crispy. Drain, leaving about 1 tsp of the drippings in the pot. Add the cooked bacon to the plate with the sausage.
  • Sauté onions in the pot and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Increase heat to high, pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add back in the sausage and bacon. Add the kale and tomatoes. Let simmer for 10 minutes, until the kale has softened.
  • Add heavy cream. Heat through. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on the top.

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Notes

  • In order to make this soup keto friendly, omit the onions and use less kale

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1506mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4227IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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15 thoughts on “Low Carb Kale Sausage Soup

  1. Jessica Formicola says:

    5 stars
    I cannot wait to make this soup for dinner this week! It looks terrific and I have everything I need to make it!

  2. Haley D Williams says:

    5 stars
    This soup looks so good! Great for the cold weather we are still having! I cannot wait to warm up to a bowl!

  3. Sharon D says:

    5 stars
    I’m not a fan of raw kale, but this is one of those recipes you just can’t stop eating. It takes a lot for me to be impressed with food. I eat to live, but don’t live to eat.

  4. Virginia says:

    5 stars
    This is a great soup. Lots of nutrition. I did make a few additions, however. I processed a couple of carrots, some celery, and garlic to add to the onions in the mix. I did not have any fresh tomatoes, so I used a can of diced. I also added a couple of cans of rinsed white northern beans near the end of the cooking time. Instead of cream, due to lactose issues, I used a cup of canned coconut milk. So I am sure it greatly changed the fat and calorie content, but it was still a good soup. I will make this again.

    • Laura says:

      You made quite a few changes, but that’s a great part about this soup. You can change it up as you like and it’s still really great.

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