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Sausage, Kale & Tortellini Soup

Sausage, Kale & Tortellini Soup

40 min

Dropping some chopped greens into a hearty, pasta-heavy soup like this Sausage, Kale and Tortellini Soup is an easy way to sneak a few more dark leafies into your kids’ bowls. Simmering kale in broth reduces its bitterness and makes them tender quickly. And there is something so satisfying about the combination of sausage and kale in a hearty tomato broth. To make this spicy, use spicy Italian sausage and add dried red pepper flakes with the herbs, to taste.

Nutrition Notes

Kale, a member of the cruciferous (i.e. broccoli) family, is rich in sulfur-containing compounds that may be protective against certain cancers. But you’ll benefit from any dark green leafy vegetable here. Switch things up with mustard greens for a peppery flavor or rainbow chard for fun colors.

  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 28-oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 packed cups chopped kale leaves
  • 1 lb frozen cheese tortellini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

In a large pot, brown sausage, using a wooden spoon to crumble. Add onion and mushrooms and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic and herbs and cook for 30 seconds. Add stock, tomatoes, and carrots and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in kale. Continue to simmer until carrots are crisp-tender.

Add tortellini and continue to simmer until heated through, 6-8 minutes.

Serve soup topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Meal Prep Tips

Chop the onions, slice the mushrooms and carrots, and chop the kale up to 4 days in advance (or use pre-washed and chopped kale). Once cooked, this soup will keep for 4 days.

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3 comments on “Sausage, Kale & Tortellini Soup

  1. This soup is SO, SO, SO delicious! My whole family loves it and it’s healthy without tasting healthy! I make it often – it’s a great comfort food. I recommend everyone to try it!!!

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