Soup with Sausage Meatballs, White Beans and Kale

I don’t think I’d call this a wedding soup. More like an elopement soup?


Because the willy nilly factor is maj nil. There are no flowers to be ordered, no cake to taste test, no dress to lose weight for, nothing. It’s just hop in the car, sign a paper, I do or whatever, and slurp it down. Or wait! Instead of I DO, it’s I SLURP.

You like that? Eh? . . . Eh?

. . . Hello?


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But if you’re just DAHING to call it a wedding soup, by all means, make yourself giddy. Because I think it has all the components of one. Clear broth, greens, meatballs, a starch, a lone drunk dude wearing his mother-in-law’s high heels on the dance floor with a bottle of vodka.

Oh you know exactly who I’m talking about.

My secret to this elopement soup is in the meatballs. Hark it up, pigeons. All I did was pinch off little pieces of Italian sausage and roll them into little balls. The end, basically.

And then I browned them in a pan, along with some green bell peppers for a smidge. And the smelleth doth slayeth.

And then I added stock, beans, and kale. The end again, basically.

Except for the simmering.

And the lime juice. Yep, lime juice. I’m obsessed with lime juice and would squirt it into my eyeballs if needed.

Just kidding I would not do that thing I just mentioned.


And just like that, you’re forever and ever in love and wedded to this bowl of gorgeous, soul warming, prenupless elopement soup.



Get eloped!

Soup with Sausage Meatballs, White Beans and Kale:

What it took for 4:

* 4 Italian sausage links, casings removed
* 1 large green bell pepper, diced
* 4 cups chicken stock
* 1 (14.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
* 4 cups chopped kale
* juice from half a lime
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Take the sausages and pinch off little sections, rolling them into little balls. There’s just no other way around saying that.

Add the balls to a large skillet and bring to a medium-high heat. Brown all over, roughly 7 minutes. Add the green bell pepper (and a tad bit of oil if needed), and sauté until slightly tender, 3 minutes.

Add the stock, beans and kale. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add a nice pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.

Now squeeze in that lime juice. Right? It’s nice. Taste it again. Done.

Serve with crusty bread or crackers!


I’ve mentioned Pee Wee Herman twice in a month. That feels weird.

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48 Responses to Soup with Sausage Meatballs, White Beans and Kale

  1. Ruthy @ Omeletta October 21, 2013 at 8:38 am #
    You can never mention PeeWee Herman too many times, or use lime too often in soup broth, these are facts of life. I LOVE Italian wedding soup- why did I have to go and marry an Irishman and not have Italian food at my wedding? #dumb
  2. Laurie {SimplyScratch} October 21, 2013 at 8:46 am #
    Want. Now. Looks amazing Bev!
  3. Shaina October 21, 2013 at 8:51 am #
    Need it.
  4. Sharon October 21, 2013 at 9:13 am #
    Is it bad that I want this for breakfast now? I think no.
  5. Maria October 21, 2013 at 9:15 am #
    Great fall soup!
  6. Julie @ Table for Two October 21, 2013 at 9:17 am #
    You make the best looking elopement soup - this makes me want to dive head first into that bowl. And I NEVER say that about wedding soup, haha
  7. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 21, 2013 at 9:31 am #
    We just picked a bunch of garden kale so this is perfect soup to enjoy it in! Can't wait to make it, pinning now! :)
  8. Courtney @ Neighborfood October 21, 2013 at 9:31 am #
    Your posts crack me up EVERY TIME. Also, I'm so ecstatic that those meatballs are just hunks of Italian Sausage, because I was all, "This looks fantastic but I gotta make meatballs AND soup in one night?" Nope...easy peasy. Love it!
  9. Katie October 21, 2013 at 9:41 am #
    So easy peasy. I love things I can make with just five or six ingredients...the thought of rolling meatballs exhausts me right now, so thanks for not doing that. You must know how a pregnant lady thinks...or something. Happy Monday to you and your babies. Me and my babies will be eating soup.
  10. Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 21, 2013 at 9:42 am #
    What a nice and simple and tasty soup!
  11. dixya| food, pleasure, and health October 21, 2013 at 10:05 am #
    that rich broth looks soooo good.
  12. Cookbook Queen October 21, 2013 at 10:17 am #
    Elopement soup!! That is something I can get behind.
  13. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion October 21, 2013 at 10:36 am #
    as always you are thinking outside the box. Love this!
  14. Jennifer J October 21, 2013 at 10:36 am #
    Bev - I want to make this but can't do the green pepper. What could I substitute for it? Yellow pepper? Onion? Or can I eliminate it?
    • Bev Weidner October 21, 2013 at 10:49 am #
      You can totally take it out, OR add in another veggie of choice! Red bell, asparagus, zucchini - anything goes!
  15. DeLallo Foods October 21, 2013 at 10:39 am #
    Love, love, love this recipe! Perfect for fall and winter!
  16. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness October 21, 2013 at 10:41 am #
    First of all, this soup is SO pretty! I like to eat pretty things which means that I want to eat this soup Anything with sausage = win.
  17. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 21, 2013 at 10:55 am #
    What a great soup! I think we should call it the baby making soup! :)
  18. Kalyn October 21, 2013 at 11:36 am #
    This is so deliciously South Beach Diet friendly; saving it for my round-up at the end of the month!
  19. Karen @ The Food Charlatan October 21, 2013 at 11:44 am #
    This looks so perfect for today. Now all I need is some stormy weather. And maybe a Vegas priest?
  20. Millie October 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm #
    Looks so perfect for a winters day! Will definitely make this soon! :)
  21. Ali @ Inspiralized October 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm #
    Oh wow, sausage and kale are two of my favorite things - in a soup! yum :)
  22. Erin L October 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm #
    I have some homemade stock in my freezer right now that would love to elope with this soup.
  23. kelley October 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm #
    Gorgeous! Loving soup season!!
  24. Des October 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm #
    I never understood why this was always called wedding soup. BUT i have always loved it. I love your version and how easy the meatballs are. :)
  25. Tracey @ Cooking with Love October 22, 2013 at 5:56 am #
    I love this idea! Comfort in a bowl all the way! :)
  26. cassie October 22, 2013 at 9:35 am #
    I made a white bean and kale soup recently and now I'm bummed I didn't add meatballs. GENIUS.
  27. Nutmeg Nanny October 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm #
    This soup looks seriously tasty!! Just looking at these meatballs has got me drooling :) yum!
  28. Sini│my blue&white kitchen October 26, 2013 at 3:31 am #
    This soup....I can't get my eyes off it. Perfect for a chilly fall day!
  29. Jenny October 26, 2013 at 8:47 am #
    I came over from Shutterbean! This soup looks amazeballs. It's also really pretty! (is that a weird thing to say?!) officially on the dinner list for next week! :D
  30. Jayne October 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm #
    Wait. This is almost too easy. So few ingredients?! I guess the sausage part really cuts the whole meatball making process because it already has so many spices and seasonings in. Like the way this went. I'm gonna have to try making this with the rainy season swooping in on us right now.
  31. claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 28, 2013 at 10:40 am #
    I'd do that soup.
  32. claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 28, 2013 at 10:40 am #
  33. Deborah October 29, 2013 at 12:17 am #
    I want to dive right in!!
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  35. Allysia Martinez November 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm #
    If i cannot find those kind of beans is there another substitute? Or will any kind of white bean work?
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  38. Giovanna October 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm #
    Was amazing!!!!! Total hit with the hubby!!!! Definitely making again!! So simple and clean!!!!


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