Slow Cooker Sausage and Kale Soup

Published on October 10, 2015 By Lauren

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    In the cold months of the year, this Sausage Kale Soup could easily become your best friend. It warms and fills you up just right. I also love this meal because it is designed for the slow cooker, and can also be easily frozen and cooked for a later day!

    A previous version of myself would have insisted that you pre-cook the sausage with the onions before you place it in the slow cooker. But this older, wiser and lazier version of myself will tell you this:

    Just throw it in, turn it on and go take a nap!

    Sausage and Kale soup

    sausage and kale soup

    Here’s what you need – a bunch of cheap ingredients. I use turkey sausage for this because it is very lean, and you won’t end up with that layer of grease on top of the soup. Also – note that I only ended up using 2 potatoes, not 3 as pictured.

    sausage and kale soup

    I usually start with potatoes and onions before the other ingredients, but it doesn’t matter too much since everything will be covered in liquid.

    sausage and kale soup

    Top with the kale and sausage and you’re almost there!

    sausage and kale soup

    Once all the dry ingredients are in there, add 4 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of water.

    Cook on high for 4-6 hours and enjoy with some crusty bread. And I know you will make it again!

    sausage and kale soup

    Slow Cooker Sausage and Kale Soup

    Looking for something quick and easy to warm you up? This Crockpot Sausage and Kale Soup is so hearty, filling and tasty! And it only costs about $7 to make!
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    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 4 hours
    Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 1 lb. of ground turkey sausage
    • 2-3 russet potatoes halved lengthwise and sliced thin
    • A bunch of regular kale or baby kale rinsed
    • 1 onion chopped
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
    • 4 cups of whole milk
    • 1 Tbsp oregano
    • A pinch of Red pepper flakes optional
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper


    • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.
    • Cook on high for 4 - 6 hours.
    • Remove sausage from the soup.
    • Chop or mash into smaller pieces. (Tip - use a standing mixer with the flat beater)
    • Put the sausage back in the soup and serve.

    sausage and kale soup

    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!

    sausage and kale soup



  • This isn’t turkey Italian sausage, is it? I don’t like Italian sausage. Am wondering if smoked sausage (pre-sauteed to remove extra grease) would work.

  • If I want to make this ahead and freeze it, would I put all in a freezer bag including milk or wait until I throw in the crock pot to to add the milk?

  • What would be a good substitute for kale? I like it, but I have a VERY picky family . I was thinking cabbage, but I’m not even sure they’d eat that. Mixed vegetables? I would like to keep some kind of vegetable in it!

  • This is absolutely delicious – my only question is about the milk. Mine curdled a bit (flavor is still amazing so I’m not sad!) but I’m wondering how to mitigate that in the future. Usually i put milk into a crock pot on the last few hours, but since this calls for majority milk I just threw it all in. Tips?

  • Why do you have turkey sausage links listed in the grocery list but this recipe says ground turkey? Am I missing something? Are they for another recipe?

  • If your family doesn’t love kale or spinach, try using kitchen shears to ‘chop’ it. Hold a big handful, and snip at it to make little strips or flakes. It goes really fast, makes the cooked greens easier to eat, and doesn’t waste a cutting board.

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