Collard-Kielbasa Soup Recipe -
Collard-Kielbasa Soup Recipe

Collard-Kielbasa Soup

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"This unusual sounding soup is delicious. Even if you are not crazy about collards, you'll enjoy this, my family loves it!"

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Original recipe makes 6 quarts Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Place water and kielbasa into a soup pot, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in diced potatoes, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes more. Add greens and beans, simmer for 20 minutes longer.
  2. While the greens and beans are cooking, place a saute pan over medium heat. Stir in the bacon, and cook to melt out some of the fat. Sir in the garlic, onions, and bell pepper; cook until the bacon is almost crisp. Drain off as much grease as you can, and add the mixture to the simmering soup, and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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  • Note
  • This soup, cut in half, is also well suited to the slow cooker. Just cook the bacon, garlic, onion, and bell pepper as above, then add it to the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients except for the salt and pepper. Cook on Low for 4 to 5 hours, or High for 2 1/2 hours. Season to taste and serve. Easy!

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 26, 2008

Made this in the crock pot and it turned out wonderful and thick. Used fresh (instead of frozen) collard greens that I needed to use up. Kept everything pretty much the same as called for and it was wonderful. Don't really need too much salt or pepper. The main ingredients provide enough natural seasoning and taste.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 15, 2006

would hsve been better without the potatoes and bacon.


39 Ratings

Oct 19, 2006

Great recipe! Everyone in the family loved it. Makes a big pot of thick, hearty soup/stew. If too thick for your liking add an extra cup of water. Not much tweaking needed...only added an extra clove of garlic. Bacon was too soft, so next time I'll cook the bacon until crisp, remove from pan and then saute the onion, green pepper and garlic. Don't dice the potatoes too small or they'll break apart when cooked. Would also be good with black-eyed peas. Definitely a great tasting soup!

Sep 18, 2006

This definitely is a hearty soup. A great way to use collard greens. It was a bit on the thick side, an extra cup of water with 1 tsp. of beef granules made it perfect, or I should say to our liking. We shall make this dish again during the winter months. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 20, 2006

Loved the heartiness of this. Made a pot of it to take into work for a pot luck and it went quick, no leftovers to take home. I like my food a little on the spicy side so I added about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes and cumin while sautéing the onion and bell pepper and also added some beef granules to another batch for added flavor. This recipe is great and easy to make and adjust to your taste buds and is also a winner for the crock pot.

Feb 16, 2010

Cooked this soup just as the recipe states and it was great!! I'm even from the South and it passed our Southern taste buds.

Apr 13, 2009

This was very good! Instead of water, I used reduced-sodium/fat free chicken broth, and instead of regular smoked sausage, I used turkey smoked sausage. I didn't have any bacon, so I left that out. Instead of frozen collard greens, I used about 12-13 oz of fresh chopped collards. I put it in the crockpot on high for 2 1/2 hours but that wasn't long enough, so I put it on the stove for another 30 minutes and it was perfect.

Oct 18, 2011

Delicious soup and a great way to use collard greens! Came out great in the crockpot! Fried 4 slices of bacon, onion and garlic, drained and put in bottom of crockpot. In same pan (minus the bacon fat!) i sliced up one pound of lite kielbasa, put cut and washed collard greens on top and let it cook down a few minutes. Added that to crockpot. To the crockpot I added 2 cut up potatoes, poured 1 container chicken broth over all of it, and cooked on low for 6 hours. Unbelievably delicious and even better the next day. Next time I would cut potatoes a little smaller, and maybe add carrots. You don't need any salt if you make it in the crockpot, the kielbasa and bacon are salty enough.


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  • Calories
  • 227 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 11.6 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 4.5 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 10.5 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 406 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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