Christmas Soup by Chef Alton Brown

Kim Biegacki


I had to post this amazing soup recipe of famous chef Alton Brown. I made this for one of our Christmas dinners last week and everyone loved it, including my nephews! The flavor of the broth alone with garlic, kielbasa and vegetables creating the taste is delicious. We are sure to have this on the menu again very soon. For those garlic lovers out there you'll be sure to enjoy this one.

I will add Alton Brown's video about his family making this soup every Christmas that is fun to watch.


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6 - 8 servings
30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 1 lb
    kielbasa, sliced
  • 8 clove
    garlic, fresh, minced (must be fresh)
  • 1 lb
    kidney beans, dry (soaked overnight)
  • 1 lb
    red potatoes, cubed
  • 6 oz
    fresh kale, torn (wash, rinse, trim)
  • 1/4 c
    vinegar, red wine
  • 2 qt
    chicken broth
  • ·
    vegetable oil, as needed
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, fresh cracked

How to Make Christmas Soup by Chef Alton Brown


  1. Slice up your kielbasa.
  2. Cook up the kielbasa till browned about 15 minutes. Once cooked remove from crockpot or dutch oven. See is you have 2 tablespoons of fat, if not add enough vegetable oil to equal that.
  3. Add your garlic to the pot and cook for 2 to 3 minutes stirring often so not to burn. Add your beans and chicken broth and cook for 45 minutes on medium heat, covered. Next, add your potatoes and cook for another 15 minutes covered. Stirring occasionally. Add your torn kale (no stems) and cook for another 10 minutes just till the kale is tender not mushy. Add the red wine vinegar and pepper; stir.
  4. (I added the kielbasa to the soup) but Alton Brown prefers to keep it separate and divide it up into 8 bowls first and then add a ladle's worth of soup over it to assure everyone gets kielbasa.

Printable Recipe Card

About Christmas Soup by Chef Alton Brown

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Polish
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free

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