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Spicy Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup
with barley

Active: 35 minTotal: 50 min
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This soup was last featured in 2015 and has a clean, satisfying combination of flavors and textures.
Smarts: Harissa is a Middle Eastern chili paste - feel free to adjust the spice level to suit your preference. Any hot sauce will work or you can skip it altogether, but the unique smokiness of harissa adds a great flavor dimension to this dish.



Spicy Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup:
  • Barley, uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Kale, any type - 4 leaves, leaves torn, stems chopped
  • Sausage, pre-cooked or smoked - 12 oz, diced
  • Potatoes, russet - 12 oz, peeled and diced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1/4 cup
  • Harissa paste (opt) - 2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Barley - Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt water generously and add barley. Cook for 45 to 55 minutes, until tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Kale / Sausage - Prep as directed. Combine onions and kale stems. Store kale leaves and sausage each in their own container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Potatoes - Dice potatoes. (If not using right away, soak in water to prevent them from turning brown.)


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then onions, kale stems, tomato paste, harissa paste (if using), and red pepper flakes with a dash of salt. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened.
  2. Add potatoes and sausage. Saute until they get a bit golden, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Pour in stock and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in barley and kale leaves. Season to taste with some salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle soup into individual bowls. Enjoy!

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This meal has 45 reviews

Pretty good, but I can see where the sausage would add some flavor that the vegetarian version was lacking

By: Jenna
Posted: Nov 04, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Satisfying, hearty soup. I really enjoyed the spice level of this. It was hot but nicely balanced and flavorful.

By: Danielle
Posted: Nov 02, 2018
Diet: Original

The varied textures in this recipe was a major plus, but it needed more seasoning.

By: Meryl
Posted: Oct 29, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Super, making this one again. We used non spicy sausage. And it was yum

By: claire
Posted: Oct 20, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

So so tasty and more filling than you'd expect! I used red curry paste instead of harissa and put in more kale as I love the stuff!

By: Laura
Posted: Oct 10, 2018
Diet: Original

Tasty and quick! Used smoked Polish sausage. Couldn't find harissa so I subbed Sriracha.

By: Kelley
Posted: Oct 03, 2018
Diet: Original