This delicious Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup comes together in just 30 minutes for a nutritious meal with Asian-influenced flavors.
Cozy up with a bowl of this comforting and nutritious soup. This delightful fusion of Asian and Italian flavors brings together the savory goodness of turkey sausage with nutrient-packed kale, all simmered in a fragrant broth infused with Asian seasonings. Whether you're looking for a nourishing weeknight dinner or a flavorful twist on a classic soup, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.
This one-pot soup recipe is comfort food at its best! Comfort food doesn't have to be bad for you either, this recipe is low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and keto as-is, so it easily accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions.
Here's what you need to make Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup:
- sliced mushrooms
- kale, chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces
- turkey sausage - both Italian turkey sausage and turkey breakfast sausage work well in this recipe
- yellow onion
- chicken broth
- chili garlic sauce
- sesame oil
- soy sauce or tamari
See recipe card for quantities.
Here's how to make Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup:
First, use a knife and cutting board to slice the onion and peel and mince the ginger.
Add the sesame oil and turkey sausage to a medium pot over medium heat. Cook, breaking the sausage up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is mostly cooked through. Then, add the sliced onion and mushrooms and cook an additional 5 minutes while stirring intermittently. Next, add the minced garlic and ginger and cook for 2 additional minutes while stirring.
Add the broth, tamari and chili garlic sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Just before serving, remove the soup from the heat and stir in the kale. Serve immediately before the kale gets too wilted and soggy.
Hint: Check out this video for tips on how to peel and mince the ginger root.
Want to substitute an ingredient in Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup? Here's how:
- Turkey sausage - use an equal amount of pork-based sausage instead.
- Chicken broth - use an equal amount of vegetable broth instead.
- Tamari - use an equal amount of soy sauce or coconut aminos in place of the tamari.
- Sesame oil - use an equal amount of a different oil such as canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil or coconut oil.
- Chili garlic sauce - use an equal amount of sriracha sauce or ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes or freshly ground black pepper in place of the chili garlic sauce.
- Kale - use fresh spinach Swiss chard, or bok choy in place of the kale.
Try one of these variations of Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup:
- Spicy - double the amount of chili garlic sauce for a spicier soup.
- Hearty - add some cooked rice noodles for a heartier and more filling soup.
- Vegetarian - use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and add two cans of rinsed and drained cannellini beans to the soup.
- Gluten-free - be sure to check your labels to ensure your specific brands are indeed gluten-free.
Or try this Slow Cooker Chicken and Kale Soup.
This equipment comes in handy when making Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup:
Once the Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup has cooled, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. (Check out this article for tips on how to properly freeze and store soup.)
If you're feeling extra, serve this soup with assorted toppings as you would with Pho including sliced jalapenos, lime wedges, sliced scallions, beansprouts, fresh basil leaves and fresh cilantro.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse that offers a multitude of health benefits. Packed with vitamins A, C and K, as well as essential minerals like calcium and potassium, kale is a key player in maintaining overall health. Its high fiber content aids digestion and supports weight management, while antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol combat inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, kale's low-calorie count makes it an ideal addition to a balanced diet, promoting heart health and helping with weight loss. Incorporating kale into your meals can significantly boost your overall well-being.
Kale can indeed add a slight bitterness to soup, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The bitterness in kale comes from compounds like glucosinolates, which have potential health benefits. To mitigate the bitterness, consider blanching or sauteeing kale before adding it to soup, or balance it with other ingredients like sweet potatoes or cream. Ultimately, kale can provide a unique flavor profile and nutritional boost to soup if prepared thoughtfully.
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Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup
- First, use a knife and cutting board to slice the onion and peel and mince the ginger.
- Add the sesame oil and turkey sausage to a medium pot over medium heat. Cook, breaking the sausage up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is mostly cooked through. Then, add the sliced onion and mushrooms and cook an additional 5 minutes while stirring intermittently. Next, add the minced garlic and ginger and cook for 2 additional minutes while stirring.
- Add the broth, tamari and chili garlic sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Just before serving, remove the soup from the heat and stir in the kale. Serve immediately before the kale gets too wilted and soggy.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended