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Healthy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

This Sausage, Kale & Potato Soup is made with only a few ingredients, but has so much flavor! It is so creamy and comforting but has absolutely no dairy in it. With both Instant Pot and Stove Top instructions, you can’t go wrong. This is one the whole family will enjoy!

*Originally posted 08/2019; updated 01/2021

Sausage, kale & potato soup in a white soup pot, topped with pepper flakes

What You Need:

  • Avocado Oil
  • Kielbasa
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Red Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Chicken Broth
  • Coconut Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper Flakes

Let’s Make Soup:

Stove Top

  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat and add in the sausage and onion. Cook until sausage gets some color and the onions are slightly translucent (about 4-5 minutes)
  2. Add in the garlic, potatoes, kale, salt, pepper flakes and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 15 minutes, the potatoes should be just tender
  3. Stir in the coconut milk and let simmer another 5 minutes
  4. Taste for seasoning and enjoy!

Instant Pot

  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode and add in the oil. Once hot, sauté the sausage and onion. Cook until sausage gets some color and the onions are slightly translucent (about 4-5 minutes)
  2. Add in the garlic, potatoes, kale, salt, pepper flakes and broth. Put the lid on and set steam valve to seal. Set time to 10 minutes (7 minutes for more bite to your potatoes)
  3. When timer goes off, do a quick release of the steam. Stir in the coconut milk and taste for seasoning. Then enjoy!

Recipe FAQ’S:

Can I use spinach instead of kale?

A: You absolutely can! But it is not as sturdy of a green as kale, so I would stir it in at the end instead

Any substitutes for coconut milk?

A: Yes, you can use plain unsweetened almond milk or original flavor NutPods to keep it Whole30 compliant and dairy free. If you are not dairy free, you can use regular cream but stir the cream in at the end

Can this be made low carb?

A: Yep! just replace the potatoes for cauliflower florets and you will have a delicious low carb soup 🙂

Is it spicy?

A: It depends on your spice tolerance. I do not think it is and my 8 year old loves it, but if you are sensitive to spice, you can just use regular black pepper

Can I thicken the soup?

A: If you want a thicker texture, you can remove some of the cooked potatoes after the soup is done. Use an immersion blender to puree them and add back to the soup. Or you can add a slurry of 1-2 Tbls tapioca starch with a little room temp water and add to the soup. Let it simmer on the stove top or on saute mode in the Instant Pot until it thickens a bit.

Bowl of sausage, kale & potato soup

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Healthy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Sara
This Sausage, Kale & Potato Soup is made with only a few ingredients, but has so much flavor! It is so creamy and comforting but has absolutely no dairy in it.
4.72 from 57 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 475 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbls Avocado Oil or olive oil/ghee
  • 12 oz Kielbasa Sausage sliced
  • 1 cup Yellow Onion diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 lbs Red Potatoes cubed
  • 2 cups Kale chopped
  • 14.5 oz Can of Coconut Milk Full Fat
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions
 

Instant Pot

  • Turn Instant Pot to 'saute' mode and add in the oil
    Add in the sliced sausage and onion and saute for 3 minutes and then hit 'cancel' button
  • Put the garlic, potatoes, kale, salt, pepper flakes and broth into the Instant Pot, seal the lid and close the steam valve
    Turn to 'pressure' mode on high pressure and set time to 10 minutes (do 7 minutes if you want a little more 'bite' to your potatoes)
  • When timer goes off, do a quick release of the steam. Stir in the coconut milk
    Add a little more salt and pepper if needed (to taste) and enjoy!

Stove Top

  • Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add in the sausage and onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender (about 15 minutes) 
  • Stir in the coconut milk. Taste soup and add salt and pepper if needed, then serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 14gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 1555mgPotassium: 1216mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2266IUVitamin C: 52mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 5mg
Keyword instant pot, paleo, soup, whole 30
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38 Comments

  1. 3 stars
    Taste good
    I will say don’t do what I did and add the milk or cream when you are using a pressure cooker, put it in after you released the steam.
    I only had whole milk and it separated and was weird.
    So just add it in after and I’m sure it will be fine.

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent. Used the stove top method. My test is my husband…he asked for me to cook this again. We have had this twice. Delicious each time.

  3. 5 stars
    Sitting here eating this soup right now. I did not have to thicken it, but I did add some heavy cream because I had it. I also added a can of corn and can of white beans. It is very good. Thank you so much for sharing! I will look at some of your other recipes to add to my collection.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this soup! My husband doesn’t like the flavor of coconut milk but I love the health benefits and the paleo alternative it offers. Was hesitant with that single ingredient but you can’t even taste it and he loves this soup just as much as I do!

    1. 5 stars
      I am so glad to hear that you loved the soup! My husband is sensitive to the taste of coconut milk too, but he also loves this soup 🙂

  5. I made this today and it was yummy. I used two packs of meat bc I know my family. I would cook it for a shorter time next time bc I didn’t have many pieces of firm potatoes left.

    I also used frozen potatoes.

  6. 5 stars
    I just made and had to try it immediately. I used bone broth instead of chicken broth. We are doing Keto so I omitted the potatos. Also, I added a little grated Parmesan cheese just before eating.. it was just awesome!!!!! I want to add cauliflower next time.

  7. 5 stars
    Our family absolutely loved this. We love sausage and potatoes but hate the feeling of over stuffed and heavy after. But this gives it a lighter touch with extra vitamins. We went ahead and thickened it to get a mix of potato soup plus sausage and potatoes feel. Definitely making again! Thank you so much!

  8. Wowza…I just made this and it is DELICIOUS!!!!! Thank you! I omitted the red pepper flakes, and used golden potatoes vs red potatoes since that’s all I had. I also cooked on high pressure for 3 mins, and the potatoes were perfect! I added the kale right before serving! Will definately make this again!!

  9. What can I use in place of the coconut milk? I have a coconut allergy. No other dietary restrictions. Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      You could puree a few of the potatoes to act as a thickener or make a slurry of tapioca or arrowroot starch with a little water and add it into the soup, then let it simmer a bit and it should thicken up. Hope that helps!

  10. What if I wanted to make this in the slow cooker? Trying to make life easier. ? Do you know what the conversion would be?

    1. Oh gosh, I am not sure. I haven’t made it in the slow cooker. I will say that it takes no time at all on the stove top! If you try it in the slow cooker, be sure to let me know how it goes!

  11. So- my kale has gone bad but I have spinach. Since spinach doesn’t hold up as well as kale, should I add spinach to my bowl and let it wilt under the soup, or do you think I could add it to the whole pot and it be fine the next day for reheat? I just don’t want slimy spinach… thanks!!

  12. 5 stars
    This soup was simple and delicious – a perfect weeknight staple. I cooked it on the stovetop and my whole family loved it. The broth was so yummy and dairy free

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