Tuscan Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup

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For some reason – and I’m not sure why – I have been really into soups and stews lately. I’ve been making them like crazy. I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m struggling to find certain ingredients here or maybe the fact that our oven was broken for a while and we only had one large pot. Not that it matters because I’ve really been enjoying these one-pot wonders.

This soup in particular – with it’s turkey sausage and kale – has been a favorite of mine for some time. My mom started making it years ago, and it’s on my must-share list since I started this little blog. The recipe originally calls for spinach, but when we made this soup all we had was kale. I’m glad we tried it with kale, because I like it even better. It has a stronger texture that withstands the heat of the broth making it hearty and perfect for any soup.

Tuscan Sausage and Kale Soup | Healthy Recipe | simplywhisked.com

Feel free to substitute regular Italian sausage or spinach for the turkey sausage and kale.


Tuscan Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 Italian turkey sausage links (mild or spicy)
  • 3 large russet potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh kale, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Remove sausage from its casing.
  2. In a large stockpot over medium heat, crumble sausage into pieces and cook with onions until sausage is no longer pink.
  3. Increase heat to high and add chicken broth and potatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are soft.
  5. Add kale and simmer over medium heat until kale is tender.
  6. Remove from heat and add evaporated milk – stirring to combine.
  7. Season with salt & pepper to taste.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    December 9, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This looks SO good! I’ve always wanted to make a soup like this but never found a recipe I trusted. O LOVES kale–like.. his eyes light up every time I mentioned the “k word”, I swear, and this just looks so hearty without being too heavy. I read the other day you’re only in Kazakhstan for a couple months.. when you come back where will you guys go?

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      Melissa Belanger
      December 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      I’m going to go back to Green Bay in the beginning of February. When I was planning all of this out I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to handle it here so I planned a trip to Nashville with my friends for the end of February, and I don’t want t miss it. Marc will finish out the season and meet me in Green Bay, and then we’re really not sure what we are going to do after that. I guess we’re sort of playing everything by ear since everything depends on where he is going to play next season.

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        December 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        Ah! I didn’t know where home base was. You should lobby for the Predators! Then we could have midway brunch 🙂

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          Melissa Belanger
          December 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

          Ha. I think it’s a little late for the NHL… but that would be really fun. I wish I had a blogging friend that lived near me. Imagine all the fun bloggy stuff we could do! Haha I’m not sure what bloggy stuff really is – I’m weird. I’m going to be in Nashville for my girls road trip though in February if you want to meet sometime then. How far away are you?

          • theStylistQuo
            December 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

            Ha, I figured, but I thought I might as well try! There’s SO MUCH fun bloggy stuff we could do. We could have brunches and dinner parties (in daylight.. ha!) where we make and photograph our dishes then decorate tons and photograph THAT. I’m 3 hours away from Nashville, so that’s a bit far 🙂

          • Melissa Belanger
            December 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

            That would be so fun! I would love to do all of that – especially the daylight dinner parties. It would make for such good pictures. Maybe someday we will get to do it. You know when we’ve been blogging for a long time and making millions of dollars and we can fly anywhere we want all the time! (Just dreaming here…)

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    December 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I will go ahead and take a bowl of this on this chilly day, please! Your food all looks SO good! And you photography it so well! May I ask what camera and lens you use most often? I am in the market for a new indoor lens…

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      Melissa Belanger
      December 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks. That’s really nice of you to say. I use a 35mm f1.8 with my Nikon D5100. I haven’t really tried other lenses other than this one and the kit lens, but I really like it. And, I think it’s a pretty affordable option as far as lenses go. What kind of lens do you use for outdoor stuff? (I’m assuming you use a different one since you said you wanted a new indoor one)

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        December 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        I have a Sony (kindof wish I went Nikon or Canon route, but the camera guy convinced me otherwise) and I have a 50 mm lens. I like it, but the house we are in right now is so DARK. Are you good at using your camera manually? I need to learn to do that better….

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          Melissa Belanger
          December 11, 2013 at 3:44 am

          Hmmm. That’s interesting. I don’t know anything about Sony camera. Do you like it? I always use my camera on manual for food photography, but I’m still trying to figure it out when I’m outside and traveling. I am scared to use it on manual during vacations because I don’t want to end up with only out-of-focus pictures or pictures that aren’t properly exposed. I went for a walk around town the other day and practiced though, and the pictures turned out pretty good so maybe I am ready to trust myself. We’ll see. I bet using your camera on manual inside would really help if your house is dark.

          • shannonmorscheck@gmail.com
            December 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

            I’d probably like it a lot better if I knew how to shoot manually with it. I need to google how to change the settings for indoor shooting. I became too reliant on manual for the same reason you stated of not wanting to miss anything.
            I want to shoot our house decorated for Christmas for next week, so I hope to figure it out by then!

          • Melissa Belanger
            December 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

            When I first started using my camera, I was reading a lot of tutorials for Pinterest, but I though the best were on . If you haven’t already been to Courtney’s blog, you should definitely check it out. And I also liked Kevin & Amanda’s post on taking holiday pictures. Anyway, just thought I would throw those out there for you in case you hadn’t already seen them. Sorry if you have already!

  • Reply
    Chris Nikolaou
    December 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Looks so good and nutritious! A very hot plate of that in a cold day is a treat!

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