Articles & Recipes

Sausage, Kale and Chickpea Soup

October 12, 2018

This hot and hearty soup makes for a cozy cold-weather supper — serve it with crusty bread!

Ingredients Makes 6 to 8 servings

Vegetable oil
1 lb mild or hot Italian sausages 500 g
3 garlic cloves, minced 3
1 onion, chopped 1
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) whole tomatoes, with juice 1
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained (2 cups/500 mL) 1
6 cups ready-to-use chicken broth 1.5 L

1⁄2 tsp dried thyme 2 mL
Pinch hot pepper flakes Pinch
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 bunch kale, trimmed and chopped (about 1 lb/500 g) 1


  1. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Squeeze sausage out of its casing into the pan and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, for 3 minutes. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring, until sausage is browned and onion is soft.
  2. Scrape into a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas, stock, thyme, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper. (If the stock doesn’t fully cover the other ingredients, top it up with water.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until soup is slightly thickened. Stir in kale, cover and cook for 10 minutes, until wilted.
Change the taste of the soup by varying the type of sausages you use. Sweet Italian sausages or bratwurst will give the soup a mild taste, whereas spicy Italian sausages or chorizo will completely transform the flavor. If you’d like something lighter, try turkey or chicken sausages.


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