Winter Soup of Sweet Potato, Sausage, Kale and Farro (Secret Recipe Club)

by Dorothy Reinhold on November 26, 2012

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Now that the homemade turkey stock is sitting in the refrigerator, it must be employed in soup!

After all, what is the long Thanksgiving weekend without a bowl of hearty, heart-warming and healthy soup?

I knew I wanted to use up some Thanksgiving leftovers (a bag of sliced kale, some sweet potatoes, a bit of cooked farro, a new-to-me Mediterranean grain a bit like barley). Many — if not most! — good soups start with the need to use up leftovers.

So I took a quick spin around some of my favorite groups of cooking friends, and I found inspiration on the blog Life on Food. It’s written by Emily Morris, 28, an Iowa girl who, after stops in Georgia and Maine, landed at Bryn Mawr and eventually a semester in Paris before settling on the Connecticut shore with Mr. Right.

Here, I found a Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup that seems like a perfect recipe I could riff on to help me use my leftovers deliciously.

I was almost derailed from my soup-making by a few of her other tempting recipes, though.

The Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas seemed to have my name on them, as did Pumpkin and Black Bean Quesadillas. And since I’m always looking for new chicken recipes, the Chicken Puttanesca appealed to me for times when I couldn’t face my same old same old.

I bookmarked her Mexican Taco Stew for a weeknight dinner, and her Gingerbread pancakes for next Sunday’s breakfast.

Luckily, I came up for air and remembered that I was trying to use my turkey stock, so soup won the day.

Sweet Potato, Sausage, Kale and Farro Soup. Recipe here: you’ll be inspired to put a pot of soup on, as well? Use up your own leftovers!

Recipe: Sweet Potato, Sausage, Kale and Farro Soup

Summary: Hearty, heart-warming and healthy, this easy cold-weather soup uses up Thanksgiving leftovers nicely!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced medium (I used Melissa’s Organic Baby Jewel Yams)
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) homemade turkey stock (or use chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 2 cups water
  • Cut `n Clean Greens SuperKALE Organic Rainbow Kale Salad1 cup leftover cooked farro (or rice or other cooked grain or pasta)
  • 1 (8-ounce) clamshell container Cut `n Clean Greens Organic SuperKALE Rainbow Kale Salad (blend of red, green and Lacinato kale) [or about 4-5 cups  roughly chopped mixed greens such as kale or Swiss chard]
  • Garnish: Grated Parmesan, snipped chives


  1. Onion, carrots and celery for Winter Soup. Recipe here: a large pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, celery and carrots and cook until vegetables begin to soften and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes; add garlic during the last minute of cooking.
  2. Add sweet potatoes, turkey stock, and water and bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes, and then add greens and simmer till tender, another 5 minutes. Add cooked farro just before serving.
  3. Ladle into your bowls and sprinkle on Parmesan and chives if desired.
  4. Serves 4 for dinner or 6 for a first course.


Adapted from a recipe at Life on Food for Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup.


Melissa’s Produce sent the farro and Baby Jewel Yams for recipe testing.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 4-6
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★

I was assigned Emily’s blog as part of Secret Recipe Club, and today is our reveal day. Here’s a list of what else I have chosen to make from others’ blogs for reveal days, and what they have chosen to make from Shockingly Delicious.

Readers, you can see what other cooks in the Secret Recipe Club made this month, right below here in the array of photos. Click any of them to be transported to that particular recipe!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Debi Shawcross November 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Craving things like this right now after indulging some much over the Thanksgiving weekend!


Kirstin November 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

Yum. This sounds good. I’m saving this to make. I have some farro and haven’t figured out what to do with it yet.


Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry November 28, 2012 at 7:19 am

This sounds so filling and hearty… LOVE IT!


nicole @ I am a Honey Bee November 28, 2012 at 6:53 am

ooo never coked with farro before, would be fun to try something new


Jenni November 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

YUM! This looks like a great bowl of soup!


Kim November 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

Can I share a tragic story? I worked on Thanksgiving and brought home with me TWO turkey carcasses. On Thursday night, I turned it into turkey stock. It was dark, golden, beautiful. I gave myself bonus points for having used the leftover onion tops from the freezer. On Friday morning, I realized I didn’t have refrigerator space for 10 quarts of stock, so it sat out on the counter… then a ton of other stuff happened… and before I knew it, it was Saturday mid-day, and the stock now smelled of sour cream. So I threw the WHOLE THING OUT. 🙁

No soup for me.



Dorothy November 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I feel your pain, oh yes, I do. One year I patted myself on the back for getting the stock made, put it outside to cool faster, and forgot about and went to bed. In the morning, I was heartbroken to go out to get the paper and there it sat. I briefly considered boiling it for another hour to kill any bugs, but in the end, I thought not worth it to risk. Out it went. Oh yes, forgetting the homemade stock is a tragedy!


Kim November 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

Okay, I’m sad you forfeited your stock too, but I’m glad my story isn’t unique. 🙂



nicole @ I am a Honey Bee November 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

oh kim! that is awful!!! sorry!


bakingaddict November 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

I love homemade soups and this is definitely the season for soups. Great use of thanksgiving leftovers too!

Reply November 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Great use of your turkey stock! Your soup looks extraordinarily delicious and healthy to boot–perfect for the cold weather.


Asiya November 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Perfect soup for winter! Great SRC pick!


Betsy November 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

This looks like exactly what I need right now. I love your image with the text over it too. Really great!


Sarah E. November 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

You cannot go wrong with kale and Italian sausage in soup 🙂 Looks great!

Happy reveal day!


Cindy Harris November 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

What a delicious looking soup. Perfect for cold winter day in Utah! Great SRC pick.


Emily @ Life on Food November 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Glad you liked the soup. Perfect timing with the turkey stock.


Salyybr November 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

great post, write up and gorgeous plate, so colorful!

hope you are having fun on this special Monday!


Megan November 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

So hearty and healthy! Love it.


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