Spicy Sausage Kale and Pierogie Soup

"Need something to change up your weeknight routine? This spicy kale and sausage soup is just what you want! It has everything you need to be a delicious satisfying meal. The comfort of the chicken sausage and pierogies with the freshness of kale makes this an instant family favorite. Most importantly, you can make this in an hour, and the leftovers make a perfect lunch."
-- @nictastingspoon
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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 45mins
Serves or Makes: 6-8

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  • 12 ounces sliced, cooked andouille chicken sausage
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 12 ounces small frozen pierogie


  • Step 1

    Brown the sausage, I slice them into roughy 1/4 inch slices. Since the chicken sausage is already cooked, this should only take a few minutes. The goal is to brown up the sausage as a way to build layers of flavor. During the browning, some flavor will stick to the bottom of the pan and will infuse into soup broth during the rest of the cooking. Once the sausage is brown, you will remove it from the pot and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Then in the same pot, add in 1 TBSP of butter, your small diced onion and 1/4 tsp of salt. Stir to combine as the butter melts, scraping up the brown bits of flavor on the bottom of the pot left behind from the sausage. Cook until onions are soft, 5 minutes or so.

  • Step 3

    Add in garlic and the rest of the seasonings (salt, red pepper (optional), and nutmeg). Stir to combine and cook for about 1 minute.

  • Step 4

    Add in the chicken stock and kale.

  • Step 5

    Over medium heat, just below a boil, cook until kale become soft and wilted, approximately 10 minutes. If your kale is chopped into small pieces, it maybe hard to tell and you may have to taste it after 10 minutes to see if it’s soft.

  • Step 6

    Bring the stock up to a boil and add in the pierogies and sausage. Cook for 5-7 minutes until pierogies are cooked through and sausage is warmed through.

  • Step 7


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