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Hearty Pasta Sausage Kale and White Bean Soup

This hearty comfort food soup eats like a meal. With pasta, Italian sausage, kale, white beans and a broth that turns creamy as it cooks.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, hearty soup, kale and white bean soup, orecchiette soup, pasta sausage kale and white bean soup
Servings 6 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage bulk or casings removed
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 15 oz can cannellini beans rinsed
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/4 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 12 oz kale stemmed and chopped
  • 1 oz Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese grated


  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat. Add sausage and cook breaking it apart as it cooks until slightly browned.
  • Add onions and beans, cook until onion is softened.
  • Stir in garlic, oregano, fennel seeds and pepper flakes cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds
  • Stir in broth and increase to high heat, bringing it to a boil. Stir in pasta and half of the kale. Cover and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Place remaining kale in the pot, stir and cover. Cook until kale is tender and pasta is cooked.
  • Take off of the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Serve with extra cheese sprinkled on top