Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup


We have a new Guest Chef today!  Mary Jury Roper is a self-taught cook from Upstate NY.  She loves to try new recipes but especially enjoys creating a totally different meal from leftovers. In addition to cooking her passion really lies in plating and presentation. Several of her meals have been featured on QVCs “In The Kitchen With David” and “In The Kitchen With Mary”. During summer of 2017 QVC came to the Roper’s cottage in NEPA to shoot a short segment for another of their programs, “Home Made Easy With Mary”.

Today Mary is sharing her recipe for Sausage, White Bean and Kale Soup cooked in an Instant Pot.  (You could certainly prepare this in a crock pot or stove top.


2 cups Fresh kale (I like the washed/cleaned bagged variety)

Hot OR Mild Italian sausage

Half of a white onion

1 rib of celery diced

2, 14.5 oz cans of chicken broth


2, 15 oz cans of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Garlic powder to taste (or fresh garlic)

Dried herb blend (optional)

Parmesan cheese



Brown sausage (I used 4 links of hot Italian, casings removed) the onion and the celery, diced, on the sauté setting (I use my potato masher to help break up the meat)

Add 2 cans of chicken broth and 1 can water

Add one can of beans

A little garlic powder (or minced fresh garlic)

Freeze dried herbs
Cover and set at soup/broth setting and cook for 1 hour, opening to stir occasionally.
Meanwhile remove any large stems from a couple of handfuls of fresh kale. Rough chop if pieces are large.
After the hour is up on the soup/broth setting, add the other can of beans and the kale. Close cover and keep at warm for 10 minutes to wilt the kale. If it isn’t wilted enough, just keep it at warm longer.
Before ladling out I like to shake on some grated or shredded Parmesan cheese.
Why do I add the beans at different times? For texture. That way they don’t all get mushy. As for the kale, if I’m not eating it immediately I cook some in the soup and I add more kale when I warm it up, again for texture and color.

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