Spicy kale soup with sausage

Spicy kale soup with sausage


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About this recipe: The ideal dish for those cold months when curly kale is in season. Serve with hunks of crusty bread for a warming feast.

Maggie Pannell

Serves: 6 

  • 300g spicy pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 carrots, peeled, halved lengthways and thinly sliced crossways
  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 125g fresh kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To serve
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Grill the sausages until evenly browned all over, cool, then cut into thick slices and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and cook gently for 7 minutes or until softened and lightly golden. Stir in the garlic, cinnamon and allspice.
  3. Add the carrots and the red pepper to the pan, then stir in the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, partially covered. Toss in the kale and simmer for a further 10 minutes until the vegetables are just tender.
  4. Stir in the chickpeas and sausage slices, warm through, then serve sprinkled with Parmesan.


When kale is not available, you could add other shredded leafy greens or even some small broccoli florets. Some pan-fried, sliced, spicy sausage, like chorizo, would also be good in place of the grilled fresh sausages.

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