Kale & Potato Soup with Meatless Sausages

Years ago, we enjoyed “zuppa toscana” soup at Olive Garden, and decided to make our own meatless version with plant-based sausage. This is such a delicious recipe that is easy to make, is packed with healthy kale, and is the perfect winter comfort soup.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 (or more) cloves minced garlic
  • 6 cups vegetarian broth (we use Better than Bullion) 
  • 1 package vegetarian Italian sausage, sliced and browned in a pan
  • 4 large russet potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces (I keep the skins on)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 bunch kale (a couple of handfuls) de-stemmed and torn or chopped into bite sized pieces (although sometimes I use the entire whole bunch)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional – Red pepper flakes to taste

* Note – you could make this vegan by leaving out the heavy cream, or using a vegan substitute.


Soak the kale and potatoes, to help remove any residue, sand, etc. These two veggies are notorious for sand, so I soak and then spray and scrub as much as possible

I keep the skins on the potatoes for this recipe, so I recommend looking for organic potatoes. Potatoes are generally in the “dirty dozen” of produce, so I choose organic for this one when possible.

Mince the garlic.

Chop and saute the onions until they begin to turn translucent.

Add in the garlic to the onions as the onions are almost done. You can go heavy on the garlic if you would like!

Slice and brown the meatless sausages in a separate pan.

This is one of our favorite vegetarian sausages, which you can find at Trader Joes.

Prepare your broth.  We usually use vegetarian Better Than Boullion.

Start cooking the diced potatoes in your broth.  I try to make sure the potatoes don’t get overcooked, as I prefer that they have some texture and hold up.

When the potatoes are just about done, add in the onions, garlic, sausages, and kale, and cook for a few more minutes.

Add in salt and pepper to taste. You can also add red pepper flakes if desired.

What do you think?

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  • Beth
    January 22, 2024

    This is such a delicious vegetarian soup! I’ve been trying to go vegetarian, but I at least need meat substitute of some sort. I love this one!

  • Ramil Hinolan
    January 23, 2024

    Thanks for always bringing nutritious and delicious ideas to the table. I guess the recipe is simple, which is great for someone with a busy schedule like mine.

  • Stephanie
    January 23, 2024

    Another excellent vegetarian meal from this site! This kale and potato soup is hearty and delicious – also the only way I can get the kids to eat kale!

  • Melanie E
    January 24, 2024

    This soup sounds so good and a great way to add in kale to a dish, I love the idea of meatless sausages, I’ve never tried them before but bet they work well.

  • Stephanie Lynch
    January 24, 2024

    Oh this sounds delicious! I’ve never tried a plant-based sausage before but it seems like a great way to make this a vegetarian soup.

  • Shilpa Bindlish
    January 24, 2024

    Oh great. These meatless sausages are great alternative for vegetarians like us. Nice recipe to try.

  • Sonia Seivwright
    January 24, 2024

    Hmmm, I need to try this. Not sure about the sausages, but worth a try.

  • Fransic verso
    January 25, 2024

    I have tried a few potato soups but not this one. I will try it and add it to the list. Thank you for sharing!

  • Clarice
    January 29, 2024

    This sounds like a great recipe. It looks really delicious yet easy to make. Hopefully we find Trader Joe’s Sausage-less sausage locally. 🙂

  • Richard Lowe
    February 9, 2024

    Oh my, this looks like it would be delicious. I’ll add it to my recipe book.

  • Kimberley Asante
    February 9, 2024

    The recipe for Kale Potato Soup on The Busy Vegetarian is a comforting and nutritious dish that’s perfect for cozy evenings at home. The combination of hearty potatoes, vibrant kale, and flavorful seasonings creates a soup that’s both satisfying and delicious. Your clear instructions and helpful tips make it easy for readers to whip up this wholesome meal in their own kitchens. Whether enjoyed as a light lunch or a warming dinner, this Kale Potato Soup is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Keep up the fantastic work in sharing tasty and nutritious recipes with your audience!

  • Luna S
    February 9, 2024

    I am usually not a huge kale fan, but this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rosey
    February 9, 2024

    Nothing hits the spot better than a good potato soup. I haven’t had one in awhile and this one looks delicious.

  • Mila R
    February 10, 2024

    Kale is my new go-to vegetable for vitamins and minerals. I love big kale heads and kale salads, and soup is also a great option.

  • Gervin Khan
    February 11, 2024

    Wow! This is such a great-looking soup dish! It looks amazingly delicious plus it really looks so enticing! A perfect soup for this cold weather! I totally loved it!

  • Sonia Seivwright
    February 11, 2024

    Wow, this sounds like a fantastic recipe! I also love making plant-based versions of classic dishes, and incorporating kale into soups is always a great way to add a healthy twist. I can’t wait to try this out for myself, especially on a cold winter day. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Clarice
    February 13, 2024

    We have tried the recipe and my family loved it. Once again, thank you for sharing this.
    It is a great alternative for vegetarians and if you simply want to skip eating meat.