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Sausage, Kale and Sweet Potato Chowder

December 30, 2011

This recipe is kind of an amalgamation of a few I have found in the last year that involve

sweet potato, sausage and kale chowder

potatoes, sausage and kale…I wanted to add sweet potatoes to give it a seasonal feeling and a little sweetness, but I didn’t want to go overboard on the sweet potatoes, so I mixed it up.  This chowder gets it’s creaminess from pureeing some of the potatoes, so there’s not much cream in it at all, making it a reasonably healthy dish…if you compare it to a Christmas feast.  This chowder serves 6-8.


1 T olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 1/4-1/2 lb ground spicy turkey sausage

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4″ cubes

1 baking potato (Idaho or Russet), peeled and cut into 3/4″ cubes

1 T fresh thyme leaves

6-8 c chicken stock

1/4 c half and half1 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 16 oz bag kale, coarsely shredded

Parmesan for sprinkling


Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, then add garlic and cook for about a minute.  Add the turkey sausage and brown, breaking it up into bite size pieces.  Add the thyme leaves and potatoes and saute for about a minute.  Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.  Carefully scoop about 2 cups of potatoes out of the pot and put them in a food processor or blender.  Ladle in about another cup of just the broth from the pot.  Carefully puree (you may need to let it cool down so it doesn’t blow the top off the blender).  Add the puree back to the pot and add salt and pepper to taste.  The soup should be the thickness of a chowder.  You can puree more potatoes if you would like it thicker, or add more water or brother to thin it.  Add the half and half, beans and begin adding the kale by handfuls, stirring to incorporate.  Simmer the soup for another 5 minutes or so, until the kale is tender and it’s warm throughout.  Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    January 4, 2012 12:20 am

    Absolutely delicious! The sausage gave it a bit of a kick.

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