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sausage orzo soup with kale in pot

Sausage Orzo Soup with Kale

Warm up on a chilly day with our super flavorful Sausage Orzo Soup! Healthy, hearty and fast. Bonus: this recipe makes killer leftovers!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 499kcal


  • 48 ounce chicken broth/stock
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup whole kernel, yellow corn (frozen or canned/drained)
  • 28 ounce diced tomatoes
  • ½ Tablespoon dried thyme
  • ½ Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic (or 1 tsp)
  • 1 pound mild Italian pork sausage, ground
  • 1 ½ cups orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 2 cups kale, stalks removed & chopped
  • shredded parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
  • 1 loaf garlic bread (optional)


  • Pour chicken stock into a 5 qt pot (my fave pot!). Add chopped carrots, corn, diced tomatoes, thyme, oregano, and cumin. Bring the soup mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • While the soup is cooking, heat oil in medium-large pan (my absolute fave!) at medium heat. Add onion and celery to pan and cook for two minutes. 
  • Stir in garlic, and then add sausage. Cook the sausage until it’s no longer pink, breaking it up into smaller chunks as it cooks. 
  • Add the pan contents to the boiling soup mixture. Add orzo and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Five minutes before you're ready to serve soup, add kale to pot & stir. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve.



  • Recommended sides: garlic bread or small salad.
  • To prevent the orzo from soaking up the broth, simply cook the pasta separately.
  • Chop veggies on the smaller side so they will cook faster.
  • Use a Potato Masher to break up sausage as it cooks.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1362mg | Potassium: 1002mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6000IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 5mg