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One Pot Kale, Sweet Potato, and Sausage Soup

After five years of marriage, I’ve learned if I want the Mr. to eat kale, I’m going to have to tempt him with something he really loves. In the case of this Creamy Kale, Sweet Potato, and Sausage Soup, I’ve roped him in with bacon AND sausage. Hook, line, and sinker.

This Creamy Kale and Sweet Potato Soup is loaded with sausage, bacon, and garlic.

This past week I experienced the first cold of the dreaded cold and flu season. For me, the worst part about having a cold isn’t the restless sleep, the nose rubbed raw by Kleenex, or the inability to swallow anything thicker than broth. It’s the not being able to taste anything that really gets me. I sipped on hot tea and chicken noodle soup for several days, but it brought me little comfort. For all I knew, it tasted like grass and tree bark. I couldn’t even smell the lemon and honey I stirred into my tea or the pungent garlic I added in handfuls to the soup. For those few days, food was merely nourishment, a necessary evil to endure, not enjoy.

Savory and satisfying, this Creamy Kale, Sweet Potato, and Sausage Soup hits the spot on a cold winter night!

Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get back in the kitchen this weekend. This soup was my first venture post-cold and turned out to be exactly what I needed. This soup is actually a riff on Zuppa Toscano, a creamy Italian soup loaded with bacon, white potatoes, sausage, and some kind of green. I’ve been wanting to do a riff on Zuppa Toscano for awhile now, but using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Sweet potatoes and sausage are a terrific pair, so I figured the flavors would work well against the backdrop of a creamy, garlicky soup.

This creamy soup is loaded with kale, sweet potato, and sausage!

Thankfully, it didn’t let me down! This soup is creamy, rich, and satisfying, but it also delivers a boatload of good-for-you nutrients in the kale and sweet potatoes. And the flavor is a definite step up from plain chicken and noodle. Robust and zesty, with just the right amount of sinus-clearing heat from a pinch of red pepper flakes, this soup will have your tastebuds singing after very bite.

All said, the recipe will take you about 30 minutes from start to finish, and there’ll be plenty of time in the middle to catch up on laundry or obsessively read a few more chapters in that novel you’re dying to finish. Finish each bowl with a sprinkle of crumbled bacon, and I promise even the kale haters will slurp this down and beg for seconds.

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Kale, Sweet Potato, and Sausage Soup makes a satisfying one pot, 30 minute meal!

One Pot Kale, Sweet Potato, and Sausage Soup

Prep Time 10 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 25 minsCook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time
Yields 6


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large or 3 small sweet potatoes, halved and sliced into thin half moons
  • 3 cups chopped kale leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Fat pinch red pepper flakes


  1. Heat a dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook until crisped, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spatula or spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.
  2. Add the onion and sausage to the pot, using your spatula to crumble the sausage. Cook until no pink remains then drain the excess fat from the pot. Add the garlic and chicken broth to the pot, increase the heat to high, and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook until wilted, an additional 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat and stir in cream and red pepper flakes. Heat through and serve with crumbled bacon on top.


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  • wearenotmartha November 4, 2014, 8:45 AM

    I’m so happy I turned my husband into a kale lover… But this soup would definitely make him even more of one! It looks delicious!


  • Catalina @ Shades of Pink November 4, 2014, 11:07 AM

    All favorites in a sweet creamy broth, love it! I am a big kale & sweet potato fan, so this is the perfect soup for me.

  • Sara November 4, 2014, 1:40 PM

    Is your Italian sausage in links that you slice and fry or already loose to fry and crumble? Thanks! I’m excited for this recipe!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood November 4, 2014, 2:33 PM

      I usually use the kind that is already loose, in a one pound package. However, if all I have on hand are the links, sometimes I’ll cut through the casing and remove the Italian sausage from the inside. Either one will work just fine, it’s just easier if you get it already loose! I hope you love the recipe!

  • Joanne (eats well with others) November 5, 2014, 8:39 AM

    BOO to colds! I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. The not being able to taste part is THE WORST. Such a buzzkill. Especially when you’re making soups with so much great flavor! I would be slurping this down if it was sitting in front of me. No spoon needed.

  • Melanie | Melanie Makes November 5, 2014, 8:10 PM

    This sounds awesome, C! The menagerie has colds here and I’m trying to keep from getting it myself. We’re going the essential oils route and so far so good!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood November 7, 2014, 11:07 AM

      I’ve been curious about essential oils for awhile. I attended a class on using them for cleaning a few years ago. The lady also had a medicinal class but I never took it. I’d love to try a more natural way of treating colds though!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog November 5, 2014, 9:11 PM

    I’m with you–not being able to taste what you’re eating is the worst. It’s almost as if it’s not worth it. This soup is going on the menu. Pinned.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood November 7, 2014, 11:08 AM

      I know! It’s just so strange to me to eat without enjoying eating. It’s my favorite thing!

  • cheri November 5, 2014, 10:41 PM

    Being sick is the worst, this soup will definitely work!

  • Athletic Avocado November 11, 2014, 9:37 PM

    love this idea!

  • designeveryday December 16, 2014, 12:46 AM

    I just made this for dinner… OMG! Easy, sooo tasty, reasonably cheap ingredients and my kitchen was clean at the end too. Its the whole package. I added a little extra chilli to mine and it was a huge hit. Cant wait to have the leftovers for tomorrows dinner and see how the flavours have developed.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood December 16, 2014, 12:33 PM

      I am so glad this was a hit! A little extra heat never hurt either. 🙂 I actually like the leftovers even better so I think you’re in for a treat today! Thanks so much for coming back to comment. it makes my day!

  • Lit Lovers Lane December 16, 2014, 4:28 PM

    Good Lord, this looks and sounds yummy as all get out. Will definitely be trying it.

  • Jacqueline Stenzel May 24, 2016, 8:24 AM

    I wanted to make a healthier version of this soup, so I used Sweet Italian Chicken sausage and replaced the heavy cream with Lite Coconut Milk! It was delicious and guilt free!

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