Non-Dairy Foodie Fridays: White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup

A friend of mine has asked for some non-dairy recipes as she has had to cut dairy from her diet due to her DS having a dairy sensitivity (she is breastfeeding him.) She is a self-professed, non-cook, so she was looking for simple meals that were people friendly.

My husband and I love to cook, but I wouldn’t consider ourselves to be “foodies,” per se. Rather, we like to experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. Since I know that many of you out there are either strict Vegans or do not eat Dairy, I welcome you to share your favorite non-dairy or vegan recipes. (During Lent, we eat a lot of Vegan meals on Wednesdays and Fridays.) I love trying out new recipes and different foods (I especially love “ethnic” foods) and I am hoping that by sharing these, we can make the world a bit smaller and make our taste buds DANCE!

White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup

Olive Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 lb Italian Sausage
32 oz Chicken Broth
1 14.5oz can White Beans (Navy, Canneloni, Great Northern, whatever,) RINSED
4 red potatoes, chopped
1 bunch curly Kale, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Coat the bottom of a larger pot with two turns of olive oil.
Add your garlic and onion and sweat over med-low heat until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally
Add your sausage and brown
Add your broth, beans and potatoes
Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until 15 minutes before you are ready to serve. (I usually taste a bit during this step to see if any extra spices are needed)
15 minutes before service, turn heat up to med-high and add your kale and cook until it wilts and turns bright green.

Serve with a green salad. Also makes a great breakfast option!

You can cook this in a crockpot buy browning the sausage and then adding everything (except the kale) into the crock. Add you kale to the crock maybe or so 30 minutes before serving.

This can be made Vegan by omitting the sausage and substituting the chicken broth with Vegetable broth. You may have to increase your spices more, as in the original, the sausage gives a lot of flavor to the broth.


If you have a recipe to share, please email it to:

along with your name and location (let me know if you’d rather that info not be published!)

Pax Christi!


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