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Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup was inspired some by earlier soup recipes, but this soup uses cauliflower rice to keep it low in carbs! And we loved this with a few generous spoonfuls of grated Parmesan cheese!

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Two of my favorite soup ingredients are definitely spicy Hot turkey Italian Sausage and kale, and through the years I’ve made quite a few soup variations that included those ingredients. But a lot of those sausage and kale soups included beans or orzo, something I’m less likely to include in a soup recipe these days. And we didn’t miss the beans at all in this new Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup!

This soup starts out with onion, turkey or pork Italian sausage, ground fennel, dried oregano, dried basil, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock. After those cook for just a few minutes in the Instant Pot you add chopped kale and cauliflower rice and simmer a bit longer. Your house will smell great while it simmers to finish, and the soup will be done quickly. Then serve with freshly-grated Parmesan to add at the table and enjoy!

This recipe was inspired by Italian Sausage and Kale Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo and Sausage and Kale Soup with Tomatoes. Use the links to find the old printer-friendly version of those recipes if you were a fan!

What Size Instant Pot Did I Use?

I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for all my Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Recipes! You can find more Instant Pot Recipes on my other site, Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup process shots collage

How to Make Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot. Add onion and cook about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and spices and cooker 1-2 minutes longer.
  3. Squeeze sausage out of the links and add to Instant Pot. 
  4. Turn heat to HIGH and brown sausage until it’s well-browned.
  5. Add petite diced tomatoes with juice and chicken broth. 
  6. Lock lid and turn Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 5 minutes.
  7. The next photo shows how to cut away the ribs and chop the kale. 
  8. While soup cooks, chop the kale and wash in salad spinner if needed. 
  9. When cooking time ends, use QUICK RELEASE to release the pressure.
  10. Add chopped kale and cauliflower rice to the pot.
  11. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, MEDIUM HEAT, 15 minutes. 
  12. When time ends, check to see if cauliflower rice and kale is done to your preference.
  13. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table.

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup finished soup in serving bowl

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This tasty soup would be great with Low-Carb Gluten-Free Almond Flour Savory Bread or Low-Carb High Fiber Savory Muffins.

More Favorite Instant Pot Soup Recipes:

Instant Pot Low-Carb Taco Soup
Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup
Instant Pot Low-Carb Chicken Tomatillo Soup

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to my category for Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup finished soup in serving bowl

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup uses cauliflower rice instead of beans to keep it low in carbs.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. ground fennel
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • one 19.5 oz. package hot turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 8 cups chicken broth (see notes)
  • one 14.5 oz. can petite dice tomatoes
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in the Instant Pot using SAUTE, MEDIUM HEAT.
  2. Add onion and cook about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and spices and cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  4. Squeeze sausage out of the links and add to Instant Pot.
  5. Turn heat to HIGH and brown sausage until it's well browned and all water has evaporated, about 6-8 minutes.
  6. Add petite diced tomatoes with juice and chicken broth or stock.
  7. Lock lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 5 minutes.
  8. While soup cooks, chop the kale and wash in salad spinner if needed. (We used about 4 cups of chopped kale, but use as much as you prefer.)
  9. When cooking time ends, use QUICK RELEASE to release the pressure.
  10. Add chopped kale and cauliflower rice to the pot.
  11. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, MEDIUM HEAT, 15 minutes.
  12. After 15 minutes, check to see if cauliflower rice and kale is done to your preference.
  13. Season soup to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  14. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add at the table.

Notes

Use hot or mild sausage and turkey or pork sausage, whichever you prefer. Homemade chicken stock would be great in this recipe, but chicken stock from a can or a carton will also be fine.

This recipe inspired by several earlier soups on the blog.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1999mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup with cauliflower rice is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.

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    8 Comments on “Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup”

  1. great set of ingredients, instant pot or not, sausage and kale work well for my diet, so thank you!

  2. Can you make this in a crockpot?

    • I’m sure you can, but I haven’t tested it that way so I wouldn’t be able to just make up those instructions. If you don’t mind experimenting though, I bet you can get it to work. I would use a bit less broth for the slow cooker. I’d still cook the sausage and tomatoes and broth with seasonings for a few hours; then I’d add the kale and cauliflower rice and cook a few more hours. If you try it I’d love to hear what you did and how it works.

      This slow cooker Sausage, Bean, and Kale Stew is similar; you might get some ideas there for the timing. This is a stew, so I’d add more liquid for a soup.