Chicken Andouille Soup with Beans and Kale

Chicken Andouille Soup with Beans and Kale - a quick, hearty, healthy soup

Sometimes fashion does a girl a favor.

Like Palazzo pants.

Sometimes fashion does a girl a favor. Like fancy pajama pants you can wear out for cockatails. . . .

Thank you, fashion people, for dubbing it glamorous to cocktail (cocktail is a verb too, yes.) in high-end psychedelic pajama pants.

And torn blue jeans.

Easy fit black blazor & top pair well with torn jean pants. Savor Home: Lust List,cute blog, great looks.  Denim & black street wear, casual fashion & classic outfit ideas. Teeshirt & Jeans.

Just. . . yes.

If they’re old enough to be torn, they’re old enough to feel like sweatpants, even though they’re not sweatpants. 

Sweet mother of pearl. Whoever fashion-policed that trend is a genius.

And this season? Talking t-shirts.

Yes ma’am. Shirts with slogans plastered across the front.

I’d like this one ↓ please.

And I’ll wear it with leggings and a mini-skirt, even though Michael Kors says no more hideous leggings – a statement with which I agree almost completely, except for when I don’t.

Like when I wear them under a mini. Or under a t-shirt dress. Or with a thigh length sweater and buckle-y boots. Or with a t-shirt that proclaims my dedication to life-threatening proportions of chocolate.

I get it MK. I do. I refuse to wear leggings if my fanny is not covered. And I love your new flowy spring line. That actually, is right up my alley. I’m a Boho kind of gal.

One day, I’ll have some money, and I might actually buy fashionable clothes.

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Until then, I’ll keep making up my own rules and carrying on with a five-year lag between my own personal fashion and the fashion world’s fashion.

I’m a big fan of the wacky mismatched look too.

My little gal knows where it’s at. Tie dye, stripes, and florals all thrown into one outfit. I dig it.

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The girl knows how to throw things together.

Just like this recipe I heard her dictating to herself as she stood tip-toed on top of her stool at the kitchen counter the other day:

  • 18 pieces of butter
  • bread
  • watermelon.

I’m not sure what this recipe was supposed to make. But it sounds. . . creative?

As for me, I went with this andouille and bean soup instead, starting from a vegan recipe from the March issue of Cooking Light Magazine, and adding chicken – because, well, I’m not vegan, and I like chicken sausage.

So there you have it.

Super spicy bean and sausage soup with some kale thrown in to make healthy people feel better.

I do feel as though a boho dress would accompany this soup well.

It’s sort of hippie food – with a carnivore twist.

Chicken Andouille Soup with Beans and Kale

Prep Time: 30 minutes

This soup is hearty, healthy and filling. It's also ear-burning spicy! If spice is not your thing, try a different variety of chicken sausage other than andouille, or perhaps ground chicken, and then up the other spices - maybe adding a few dashes of smoky chipotle.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 (12 oz) package Aidell's Andouille Chicken Sausage, thinly sliced, then chopped
  • 1 (26 oz) carton chopped tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried, rubbed sage
  • Dash crushed red pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans - rinsed, drained, divided
  • 2 (15 oz) cans low sodium kidney beans - rinsed, drained, divided
  • 2 cups finely chopped kale (reserve some for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • splash of sherry vinegar (to taste)


Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through sausage); saute 4 minutes. Add tomato and next 5 ingredients (through crushed red pepper). Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. About 1 minute. Stir in stock. Combine 2 cans cannellini beans and 1 can kidney beans in a medium bowl; mash with a potato masher. Add bean mixture and remaining beans to pan. Bring to a simmer; cook 5 minutes. Add kale, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and fresh kale.


Adapted by Sara|Home Is Where The Cookies Are, from the March 2014 issue of Cooking Light magazine

Photo credits from top to bottom: palazzo pants from seller, misty490 on Ebay; torn jeans from Savor Home; Chocolate T-shirt from Zazzle; Boho dress from Shopbop.

7 thoughts on “Chicken Andouille Soup with Beans and Kale

  1. Can I confess here that I bought a crop top or two recently, to pair with high-waisted maxis? THUS, I would wear those palazzo pants (in black, mayyyyybe gray if I am feeling wild) with one of them.

    Is it just me, or do most trends just not work for most people? I’m still shaking my fist at skinny jeans perhaps. But it turns out I’m okay with crop tops.

    That soup, though. I’d eat it in palazzo pants, skinny jeans, leggings, maxi skirts, yoga pants, anything at all. It looks delicious–love the sprinkling of fresh green kale on top!

    • You and one of my besties!! I will never. ever. wear a crop top. Mostly because of my wrinkly, loose belly (Thanks kids!), but I can see it. Do it. AND – go a little crazy – buy some with color!!!!

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