This sausage, gnocchi and kale soup is full of flavor, comforting& perfect for the cooler weather! Serve it with crusty bread and a salad for a hearty meal
When the weather gets cooler, there are few things that I enjoy more than a bowl of soup and a nice crusty bread (although if it is cold and rainy, it has to be my crockpot tomato soup recipe and a grilled cheese). Soup can just be so comforting and warm you up from the inside!
I have been making my copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi soup for a while, but I wanted to switch it up a bit and try something new. My husband (and boys) love sausage, so that was an easy swap...and then I made a few other tweaks and this sausage, gnocchi & kale soup was a big hit with them!
This soup is full of flavor, comforting and perfect for the cooler weather! Serve it alongside crusty bread for dipping and a green salad for a hearty, healthy meal!
The amount of broth you'll use will depend on how much broth you like. Our family likes a lot of broth, so I used all seven cups.
We're once again using chicken Italian sausage to keep the fat and calorie count low without sacrificing flavor. There are tons of different flavors of chicken sausage these days (and it is awesome in my Fettuccine with Chicken Italian Sausage recipe). Feel free to use any flavor you'd like or just regular Italian sausage.
If you don't have fresh herbs, you can always substitute dried. Just keep in mind that they have a stronger flavor, so start with less and add more to suit your taste. Better yet, you can grow an herb container garden in your kitchen (or the sunniest spot in your home) and always have fresh herbs at the ready!
We love using kale in our soups because it holds up well and is a nutritional powerhouse! That said, you could use spinach or Swiss chard, and they would be very good as well. I always have a bag of chopped, frozen spinach in my freezer for recipes like this. Sometimes you can't get fresh, and that's OK.
Anytime I make a recipe with a lot of broth, I suggest using low-sodium broth. Some brands are very salty and you can easily ruin a pot of soup. You can always add more salt if you need it, but you can't take it out once it's there!
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