Foodie Friday: Scrumptious White Bean, Kale and Sausage Soup


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Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil’ Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well!White Bean, Kale & Sausage SoupOne of my absolute favorite things to make in the Fall is soup! Not only is it super easy (because I cheat and use the crock pot) but there is just something about enjoying a hot bowl of hearty soup on a chilly Autumn afternoon.  

The soup that I made for our link up today is something that I have made variations of over the years.  To healthify (yup, that’s a word now) it, I exchanged traditional pork sausage for some lower calorie chicken sausage.  The kind I used was made by Bilinski’s and is all natural, vegetarian fed, gluten, soy, antibiotic and hormone free.  It was also free of any pork casing and was pre-cooked. I don’t usually buy pre-cooked meat but my local supermarket had slim pickings in the poultry-sausage section.  Obviously you can sub regular, turkey or any other type of sausage you’d prefer in place of chicken.  

Although it wasn’t necessary to heat the sausage prior to putting it in the crock pot I wanted to add some flavor so I sliced the chicken sausage thin and sautéed it with sliced baby bella mushrooms and some wine. After that it was as simple as dumping it into the crock pot, adding the liquid, beans, kale and seasonings.  SO easy and SO yummy! White Bean, Kale & Chicken Sausage Soup #GlutenFreeWhite Bean, Kale & Sausage Soup #GlutenFree White Bean, Kale & Sausage Soup #GlutenFree

White Bean, Kale & Sausage Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 5 chicken sausage links, sliced
  2. 1 carton of baby bella mushrooms
  3. 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  4. 2 cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  6. garlic powder
  7. onion powder
  8. red pepper flakes
  9. sea salt
  10. pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pan brown sausage then add mushrooms with a splash of wine and sautee briefly.
  2. Add sausage and mushrooms to crockpot.
  3. Add navy beans along with chicken broth, wine and seasonings.
  4. Add kale and mix until periodically until wilted.
  5. Cook for 6 hours on low.
  6. Serve & enjoy! ;)
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23 Comments

Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
Reply October 24, 2014

This soup sounds SO hearty and delicious! I love sausage in soup. Definitely trying this!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 24, 2014

    Thank you! It was very hearty and satisfying. Hope you enjoy! :D

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 24, 2014

I'm sending my hubby to your house for dinner. He won't eat any of my food :)
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    Reply October 24, 2014

    Haha, I am sure you're food tastes amazing but feel free to send him over- I always make enough to feed an army :P

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply October 24, 2014

This is one of my favourite soups. It's so heart and delicious.
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    Reply October 24, 2014

    It really is and perfect for when it's cold outside :)

SuzLyfe
Reply October 24, 2014

Alex needs this. Reminds me a bit of Italian Wedding Soup!
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    Reply October 24, 2014

    I ALMOST called it something along the lines of Wedding Soup! It definitely has a lot of the same attributes!

The Food Hunter
Reply October 24, 2014

comforting...I love it
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Lindsay
Reply October 24, 2014

pinned it! love the sausage!

Esther
Reply October 24, 2014

Looks so yummy! And pretty simple!
Love fall and nutritious soups!!!!
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Farrah
Reply October 24, 2014

Mmmm. <3 Crockpot soup recipes are probably going to be my way of life until it gets warm again. I disapprove of this weather! :'(
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    Reply October 24, 2014

    They are a staple up here in the frozen tundra, haha! We won't get warm again until probably May :(

Ariana
Reply October 25, 2014

Ooo yum! This looks like the perfect dish for a rainy Monday. I think I'll make it! :)
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Montana
Reply October 25, 2014

Yumsauce! (Yep that's a word now too ;-)) I've been wanting something to do with kale, so this goes on the to cook list. P.S. your blog looks fine and working to me! Just wanted to let you know!
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    Reply October 26, 2014

    Haha, yes! Love the word yumsauce!!! Thanks- I *think* I removed the link that was creating the issue but I was having a minor meltdown earlier when that red screen popped up! :P

Christopher James
Reply October 30, 2014

Mmmm. That looks sumptuous.
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