Two white bowls filled with Sausage and Kale Soup sitting on a blue napkin
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Sausage and Kale Soup

This easy and delicious keto Sausage and Kale Soup is packed with flavor and healthy vegetables to create the perfect meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: recipe, kale, sausage, parmesan, keto, easy, low, carb
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 400kcal



  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped, yellow onion
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water use 1 to 2 cups depending on how large your cauliflower is. One cup may be enough.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound kale 4 to 6 cups - stem removed and cut into ribbons
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 6 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • Heat a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground sausage to the pot, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cooked sausage with a slotted spoon and place in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the chopped onions and butter to the hot pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook until onions become translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir the garlic into the onions. Cook for one minute, until aromatic.
  • Add the cauliflower and stir to combine with the onions and garlic.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and water, scraping the bottom to remove all of the browned bits.
  • Stir in the bay leaves and heat until soup begins to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer uncovered until cauliflower is fork-tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the kale, cooked sausage and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until the kale begins to wilt.
  • Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, if needed and serve topped with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


  • Use any type of cauliflower that you like. I thought the yellow was pretty and would add some additional color.
  • Finding sugar-free and MSG free sausage can be tricky. Portuguese soup would use chourico or linguica smoked sausages. An Italian version would use Italian sausage. Kielbasa and andouille sausage will also work.
  • If you cannot find sausage, substitute ground pork and add seasonings like oregano and sage.
  • I completely disagree with the Nutritional information provided. There are not 34 carbs in chicken stock, there is 1 carb.
  • One head of cauliflower has 29 carbs - 12 fiber = 17 / 6 = 2.4 per serving.
  • One onion has 10 carbs - 1.9 fiber = 8 / by 6 = 1.3 per serving.
  • 1 cup of kale has 5 carbs
  • 20 total carbs - 2 fiber = 18 is not possible, it should be 10.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 1066mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7711IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 3mg