Turkey Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup


As it starts to get cold the only thing I want to eat is soup…oh and good carbs (rolls, biscuits, cornbread, homemade bread, etc) and sweets (always sweets). Something about fall just needs good comfort food. I absolutely love fall and I love all the veggies and fruits in season. Yes, it’s hard to say goodbye to all those deliciously sweet summer berries and that juicy watermelon, and of course the fresh corn on the cob and the tomatoes, but fall has so much goodness to offer like sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, squash, kale, spinach, apples, pomegranate, pears, and canned pumpkin (that ones a joke but also serious in a way. Yes canned pumpkin is always in season, at least where I live, but I use it probably twice a week in October so it’s basically in season for me).

Turkey Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup | Cooking Classy

Turkey Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup | Cooking Classy

I love that this soup uses both kale and sweet potatoes, it’s the perfect fall combo. And the sausage just makes things fast since it’s pre-cooked and it keeps this soup hearty (you can also use beef/pork sausage here too). This soup is like the fall spin on this other recipe I shared. It has an entirely different almost unexpected flavor, which is nice though to switch thing up. I love what the spices add as well as that heat from the chipotle chili powder. I used 1/2 tsp of the chipotle powder and it was about all my husband could handle. My kids would never be able to handle that much though so I basically had to strain their broth off and add new. Next time I’ll just add the heat to my portion since I love it and I’m sure I’ll go with a fair amount.


The perfect side to this is fresh cornbread. If you want to be a cheater like I have been lately I’m really liking the Fleischmann’s cornbread mix. Did I just admit that? I’m using box mixes? Yeah on occasion and I still pull out the Betty Crocker brownie mix sometimes too. I like the cornbread mix because my kids can make it while I’m making dinner during busy weeknights. The trick though is to add in 2 Tbsp of applesauce (in addition to the 1/3 cup melted butter it calls for) so it’s moist. And if you have time this homemade version is definitely my favorite. Soup and good carbs, yes, it’s the perfect fall meal.

Turkey Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup | Cooking Classy Turkey Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup | Cooking Classy


Turkey Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

5 from 1 vote

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1 lb) peeled and diced into small cubes (3 cups)
  • 13 oz . fully cooked turkey sausage , cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced (4 tsp)
  • 6 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes then add sweet potato and sausage and cook, tossing occasionally, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, tossing occasionally, 2 - 3 minutes longer. Pour in broth, then add in paprika, cumin, coriander, chipotle chili powder and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer, until sweet potatoes are nearly tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 - 10 minutes. Then add kale and kidney beans and cook 5 minutes longer. Serve warm.
  2. Recipe source: adapted from allrecipes

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  • Sarah P.: This is so easy and delicious, low calorie too! I used half Male and half swiss chard and was extra generous with both. Any canned bean drained works well. Great for the crock pot, just add everything and the sauteed onion, garlic and sausage on top.
    For a little kick I sometimes add a small jalapeno that I remove about 1/2 or more of the seeds depending on the size of the pepper.
    So, so yummy! A favorite at my house. July 29, 2018 at 6:11pm Reply

  • Starr: I made this thinking the list of ingredients would make a wonderful soup. I was not a bit disappointed! The only change I would make would be to add the sausage right at the end of cooking. Even better the next day. December 11, 2017 at 10:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to review Starr! December 12, 2017 at 11:59am Reply

  • Jana: made this last night and it was great!!! Everyone wanted a second bowl LOL; no leftovers. it literally is like Autumn in a bowl!!! wish i could attach my snapchat picture of it haha

    thank you so much for sharing this recipe! October 1, 2016 at 11:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad everyone liked it Jana! Thanks for your comment! October 1, 2016 at 11:39pm Reply

  • 2pots2cook: Perfect. With or without corn bread !Thank you ! September 29, 2016 at 3:07am Reply

  • Debbie: Looks delicious. I want to add a source of protein other than the turkey sausage or chicken. What non-processed meat would you recommend? September 28, 2016 at 7:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If you don’t want to use sausage I’d probably go with cooked, shredded chicken breasts or thighs then just add it in near the end. September 28, 2016 at 3:53pm Reply

  • Grace Rodriguez: Deliciousness!! September 28, 2016 at 6:33am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This soup looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it when the weather finally cools down enough here!

    Paige September 28, 2016 at 6:27am Reply

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