Simple Sundays | Kale, Parsnip & Sausage Soup

Kale Parsnip & Sausage Soup | Kitchen Confidante

My stomach protested at the end of the Thanksgiving gluttony. After nearly a week of endless eating with my family, it was time to scale back to simpler meals and lighter fare. Besides, my feet were also tired of standing in front of the stove.

While I rested, home life slowly returned to normal and routines were resumed. And the rain came.

Downpours washed over the hills and dark clouds settled into the valley, barely letting the sun peek through. The cascading flow of water alternated with the melodic hum of lighter rain, and even the dog could not be persuaded to go outside with a sliver of prosciutto.

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Soup. It’s what is necessary this time of the year. Simple, non-fussy soups that don’t require hours of simmering. Just hearty enough to satisfy, but light enough to ease your stomach between the gluttony of the winter holidays. This Kale, Parsnip & Sausage Soup was what I needed to re-set, to re-charge, and rejuvenate. When the sun decides to return, I’ll be ready.

Kale Parsnip & Sausage Soup | Kitchen Confidante

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Kale, Parsnip & Sausage Soup

Yield: Serves 4-6.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

I'm not sure what I like best about this soup: the fact that it's hearty and nutritious or that it comes together in less than half an hour. Whatever the case, make sure you have some fresh bread to go along with it.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 leek, washed and trimmed, quartered and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 cups diced Kielbasa sausage
3 parsnips, diced
3 cups kale, stems trimmed and leaves torn into 2 inch pieces
6 cups chicken stock
1 15 oz can Cannelini beans
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste


In a Dutch oven over heavy pot over medium-low heat, cook the leeks and garlic in olive oil until wilted, about 4 minutes. Add the kielbasa, and stir until the sausage browns just a bit. Stir in the parsnips and cook for another 3 minutes, followed by the kale. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stir in the chicken stock and bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 8 minutes, stir in beans and season with salt and pepper as needed. Cook for two minutes more and serve immediately.

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by Liren Baker on December 2, 2012

11 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Kale, Parsnip & Sausage Soup”

  1. Holly December 2, 2012 @ 7:45 am (#

    I’ve been obsessed with parsnips this fall and this looks perfect for one of the freezing nights in my apartment. Any suggestions on what I could replace the Kielbasa with (any other sausage that is) I don’t know if I can find it here.

    • liren replied: — December 2nd, 2012 @ 8:00 am

      I’ve been obsessed with parsnips, too, Holly! Any smoked sausage will work well, perhaps you can find a Morteau? Let me know what you are able to find, I’m curious!

  2. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 2, 2012 @ 1:40 pm (#

    Wasn’t the rain this morning just WILD! Hubby and I were facinated by the power of the storm and the sheer volume of rain. This soup looks simply divine . You have inspired me to make a sausage and bean soup tonight. Happy Sunday!!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 2, 2012 @ 2:06 pm (#

    I love soup at this time of year, nothing is more comforting! This looks scrumptious, and a resounding yes to the fresh bread! :)

  4. Brian December 3, 2012 @ 8:39 am (#

    The perfect bowl of comfort! Though, it’s in the 60s here today! Crazy right? But I’ll be saving this for later

  5. Eileen December 3, 2012 @ 11:47 am (#

    This combination sounds so good! I could definitely handle some hearty winter greens and roots right about now. :)

  6. Julia | December 3, 2012 @ 6:56 pm (#

    This soup looks very healthy! Perfect choice once I get tired of creamy soups. :)

  7. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) December 4, 2012 @ 8:16 am (#

    I absolutely love the matchup of kale and sausage. There’s just something about leafy green and hearty proteins that makes it the ultimate duo. Your photos are stunning!

  8. Kankana December 5, 2012 @ 9:05 pm (#

    Love the photo of the leek along with parsnip! Am still trying to fall in love with kale :)

  9. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! December 8, 2012 @ 5:51 pm (#

    One word…PERFECT…

  10. dumbnutt December 10, 2012 @ 7:34 pm (#

    Amazing! Thanks for the ideas! I used apple chicken sausage instead.

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