Recipe By Chef John
Published Nov 29th
Prep 15m Cook 1h 5m Additional - Ready In 1h 20m
Servings 6 servings Calories 564.8

This soup is so hearty and comforting, you’ll almost forget how good it is for you. And it’s perfect for cold weather with the spicy sausage, kale, potatoes, and plenty of chicken broth.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 12 ounces linguica sausage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 quarts chicken broth or water
  • 2 pounds kale - trimmed, chopped, rinsed, drained
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Slice sausage into 1/4-inch rounds. Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and saute until sausage begins to turn brown and renders some fat, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a dish. Reduce heat to medium-low; add onions and pinch of salt salt. Stir and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Transfer potatoes to pot. Sprinkle in 2 teaspoons salt. Pour in chicken broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. 3 When potatoes are tender, carefully mash them in the broth with a potato masher until broken up or completely mashed. Add kale, a handful at a time. Transfer browned sausage to soup. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until greens are tender, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 564.8
  • Carbohydrate 62.1 g
  • Cholesterol 55.9 mg
  • Fat 25.6 g
  • Fiber 6.6 g
  • Protein 25.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 8.6 g
  • Sodium 2850.6 mg
  • Sugar 4.3 g

Chef's Notes

I recommend trying to find Portuguese linguica, but pretty much any cured, spicy, smoked sausage will work. Andouille would be a great choice, as would a dried chorizo. As usual, feel free to adapt this as you see fit, but I wouldn't change the recommended russet potatoes.


  1. It's more like "Soggy Mashed Potatoes with Kale" than a soup both in texture and consistency. Even with only about 3/4Lb Kale and 1/4Lb Spinach it was extremely thick. My husband preferred to not eat on his lunch break when he came home to this. Very disappointing for us as devout Chef John followers. I - Read more ...
  2. addition of a small amount of chopped carrots. Loved the video presentation:)
  3. Wife and I loved it we used chorizo sausage and kale in ours and it turned out great. Needed to add in a little olive oil for sauteing the onions after the sausage was browned as the chorizo didn't render much fat. Also added Garlic to ours. Sauteed several cloves of garlic (thinly sliced) in - Read more ...
  4. Great. Even better with a little hot sauce.. Of course i am from the south. Ha
  5. I made this using a 1 pound head of cauliflower and 2 pounds of potatoes since I had that. I actually found the correct sausage but I ended up putting in the whole package (1 pound). Did everything as directed but when I started stirring in the kale I only used a pound. 2 pounds - Read more ...
  6. This soup turned out great! That being said I made several changes. I recommend cooking the sausage with garlic as well as onion. I didn't mash the potatoes and because the soup was so thick I added some water to the broth to stretch it out. I added pepper and cayenne to taste. The sausage - Read more ...
  7. Delicious Used "regular"kale instead of dinosaur kale the second time we made this soup and it was just as delicious. We used hot italian sausage and it works too.
  8. I broke with tradition and substituted cauliflower for the potatoes which also imparted a nice creamy texture to the soup. My family honestly could not tell the difference and the transformed recipe was more in compliance with the diet we re on! Tasted wonderful.
  9. My only change was to add some garlic with the onions. My wife and I both enjoyed it.
  10. I’m one who never follows a recipe. I did everything it asked me to but, had to add pepper, and ground cumin. This was Very good. Looking for leftovers. Next time I would add a can of Rotel. Just for tomatoes and a little kick, and maybe some dice carrots and peas. I would definitely - Read more ...

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