Sausage Potato Soup with Kale

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Sausage Potato Soup with Kale can be made on the stove or in the slow cooker! It’s hearty and comforting and made with incredibly flavorful smoked sausage!

Table of Contents
  1. What’s to love about this Sausage Potato Soup?
  2. Variations on this Sausage Potato Soup:
  3. How to make this Sausage Potato Soup in the slow cooker:
  4. Sausage Potato Soup with Kale Recipe

You knew this would happen once January hit, right?

Ashley is busting out all the soup recipes, all the time. To be honest, I think I have a new soup recipe coming every week this month, and with how many new ones popped up here in the fall, you can just call this here Soup Central.

This Sausage Potato Soup is made with kale, and some carrots, celery, and onions for good measure.

But the star here? It’s the smoked sausage.

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What’s to love about this Sausage Potato Soup?

  • it’s relatively quick and easy (the hardest part is chopping everything!)
  • it only dirties one pot
  • no precooking the meat!

I know that a lot of people cook smoked sausages in the summer like hot dogs and don’t really use them throughout the year, but we love the flavor they add to pretty much everything.

And the fact that I don’t have to cook the meat in this recipe separately and can just throw it in with everything else? Makes it a total win.

sausage potato kale soup overhead in grey bowl with crusty bread on the side

I keep a stash in my freezer for recipes like this Creamy Sausage and Potatoes and these Sweet and Sour Smokies, but they would also make an awesome swap in this Sausage Tortellini Soup!

Variations on this Sausage Potato Soup:

  • You can make this potato soup recipe dairy-free by skipping the splash of cream at the end — everything else is good to go!
  • This sausage potato soup is naturally gluten-free, but be sure to double check all of your labels, particularly the sausages as many brands will include wheat.
  • You can lighten up this soup recipe by using smoked turkey sausages, or make it lower carb by swapping the potatoes for cauliflower.
potato sausage soup with kale in bowl close up on wooden background with crusty bread and smoked sausages in the background

How to make this Sausage Potato Soup in the slow cooker:

  • OPTIONAL: cook onion, carrot, celery and spices in a medium pan with canola oil over medium-high heat until onions are translucent. Add to slow cooker.
  • If you’re skipping the step above, just skip the oil and add the vegetables, spices, potatoes, kale, sausages and chicken broth to a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours, until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Serve with a splash of cream if desired.
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Sausage Potato Soup with Kale

4.8 from 5 votes
This Sausage Potato Soup with Kale can be made on the stove or in the slow cooker! It’s hearty and comforting and made with incredibly flavorful smoked sausage! 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine American
Course Soup
Servings 4 servings
Calories 354cal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and finely diced
  • 1 rib celery sliced
  • 2 smoked sausages halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • lbs potatoes about 6 medium, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale
  • ¼-½ cup cream (optional)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Heat a medum skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, onion, carrots. celery and sausages and cook until onions are softened and translucent.
  • Add garlic, salt, thyme and pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth and potatoes. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium heat and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Stir in kale and cream and serve with Parmesan if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 451grams | Calories: 354cal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 1261mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8507IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords crockpot soup, slow cooker soup

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    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Hailey, you can store this soup in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Keep in mind that the texture of potatoes does change with freezing, so if that is something that bothers you, it’s best not to risk it. To reheat, thaw in the fridge overnight and warm on the stove or in the microwave.

  1. Sarah says

    This was seriously delicious. It was perfect on a cold January, Sunday afternoon. I followed the recipe exactly, and wouldn’t change a thing.

  2. Laura Robinson says

    This is one of my go to recipe sites. I know whatever we make will turn out great!

    I made this on a whim one night because I didn’t have enough for my other potato soup recipe that I love. THE SAUSAGE in this recipe brings out so much flavor! We didn’t have Kale, so we left out!

    Since I loved this so much, I made it for a friend who just had a baby! It was devoured by her 3 year old.

    Needless to say, it’s in our rotation & very easy!

  3. Katie in KC says

    Made this in the crockpot and absolutely loved it. I used Turkey sausage & substituted fresh spinach for the kale. I cooked on low for 6.5 hours and the veggies and potatoes were just starting to become a bit mushy. Next time I will check it at 5.5 hours. The husband loved it. Moving this to my “Keepers” Pinterest board!!

  4. Lauren says

    Has anyone tried to freeze this? I have some extra ingredients and thought I might make a second batch and freeze it.

  5. Karen says

    My husband and daughter loved this soup, thanks for the recipe.
    Can you specify the amount of sausage (by weight or cups)? I guessed and it turned out fine, but we used sausage we made ourselves, so our pieces aren’t grocery store sized.

  6. Jill says

    I literally only try new recipes if they’re from Recipe Rebel and this did not disappoint !!! I omitted the cream and it’s AMAZING. I added a lot of cracked pepper and some chili flakes. ?

  7. Barbara says

    This soup is soooo stinking good!!!! I’ve made it a few times with russets and baby red potatoes . Both were absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe. And my husband thanks you too!!? This is on my dinner rotation now ??❤️

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