white bean, kale and sausage soup

This is just a little something to ground you between the inevitable highs and lows of the holidays. Kale, white bean and sweet italian sausage from Skagit River Ranch It’s a moment to go to something simple, familiar – we aren’t re-inventing the wheel here. Maybe use a little of that soup stock from the turkey bones. I made about 6 quarts from two turkeys. It’s important to keep eating healthy for a majority of the time through this season. And honestly, we enjoy the holidays more if we don’t feel like we’ve completely fallen off the cliff with eating habits.

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-5

The kale is holding out but has had a couple good hits from freeze. I actually think I could plant more next year. Never enough kale right?

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-3I uncased three links of the sausage and saved one to slice. Ground sausage unlinked is a little more convenient if you have a quality source. One link I sliced in to have some chunks for garnishing but that’s optional


Pulled my last few leeks from the garden as well and sautéd two of them with 1 medium yellow onion along with the 3 links of the sausage with casings removed. From here I added a little carrot and about 1 large bunch of kale cut in large strips and the chicken stock.

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-2My go to white beans are Great Northern Beans from Eden Foods

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-4Put it all together… and garnish with a little grated parmesan. Warming, hearty but not too… time for a little holiday reflection and shopping:)

Side note: This fun laundered linen is from Couleur Nature and can be found at Chez Chloe online.

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-7And a couple real life shots of our Thanksgiving. We moved our living room furniture into the dining room and brought the table out to the living room and added another big table and 2 picnic tables. Tablecloths, candles, flowers and a little adornment made for some beauty and warmth. We sat down and gave thanks with so many great friends.

Thanksgiving dinner 2014

Thanksgiving dinner 2014-2

cheers… wendy


24 responses

  1. Wow, that must have been some great dinner with so many friends & family…
    The first thing I though when I saw the top pic was “ooooh, I like that linen” – lucky and handy for you to sell that in your shop 🙂


  2. This sounds delicious. I love that you ground some sausage and sliced the rest. I have some turkey stock and this will be perfect. I also agree with taking care of yourself over the holidays. There isn’t anything wrong with celebrating a day here or there, but for two months? What a way to start your new year.


  3. Oh Wendy .. Your Thanks Giving setting looks fabulous. So nice to share with good friends. As for that yummy soup .. Going to bookmark that one 🙂 I’m definitely going to grow more kale next year .. No doubt about it 🙂


    • Great. We did have a fabulous time. I did the turkeys and gravy and some bread stuffing and our friends brought the rest- it was an incredible feast of food and friendships old and new. We haven’t moved our couch back cause we love having it in the dining room that’s more of an extension of the kitchen really.
      You could do this soup with your eyes closed. Really it doesn’t require a recipe- but I tried. It’s just so good and easy and hits the spot so I wanted to share it. cheers x

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  4. I’m laying in bed with a really bad cold, but if someone brought me a bowl of this soup I would lap it up even though I’m not feeling particularly hungry. This may be a way to get my girls to eat kale.


    • Yes- I think you are on to something there. You could cut it into ribbons as well and they’d barely know it’s there. Try adding a little raw kale (or even better spinach) to some fruity smoothies- they’ll never know! cheers…wendy


  5. This looks so yummy! I am recently loving hearty soups with sausages in it. I’m going to have try this. Thanks very much for sharing the recipe…and your Thanksgiving pics too 🙂


  6. Happy New Year, Wendy! I’m a little late to comment here since I’m finally back at work from maternity leave and have time to surf the web 😉 This recipe looks awesome. I’m off of dairy/soy right now and have been on the lookup for recipes and this fits the bill (minus the garnish)! I will definitely be making it soon.


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