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Nourishing White Bean Soup With Spicy Sausage

This One-Skillet White Bean Soup with Spicy Sausage is really delicious and it can be made in a single skillet for easy cleanup. It freezes well so you can make larger batches for even easier weekday meals.

bowl of White Bean Soup with Spicy Sausage

How To Make White Bean and Spicy Sausage Soup

For this hearty one-skillet meal that could pass for a white bean stew, you need the following ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage, crumbled
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary, dried
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, pureed with liquid from the can
  • 3 large kale leaves, tough stems removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved

To make it, you begin by heating olive oil over medium-high heat in a heavy pan. Add celery, carrots, onions, and garlic to the pan and sauté until tender.

Add crumbled bulk pork sausage to skillet and cook until no longer pink inside. Carefully drain excess fat from the pan before adding chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Add oregano, rosemary and crushed red pepper flakes.

Add whole and pureed white beans to skillet. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add kale and simmer another 15-20 minutes. If soup is too thick, add more stock to thin. If it is too thin, continue cooking until desired consistency is reached.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty Italian bread.

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White Bean Soup with Spicy Sausage

This One-Skillet White Bean Soup with Spicy Sausage is really delicious and it can be made in a single skillet for easy cleanup. It freezes well so you can make larger batches for even easier weekday meals.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword bean, sausage, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1259kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery cleaned and finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage crumbled
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons oregano dried
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary dried
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 15- ounce cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15- ounce can cannellini beans pureed with liquid from can
  • 3 large kale leaves tough stems removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • Parmesan cheese shaved

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots, onions, and garlic to pan and sauté until tender.
  • Add crumbled bulk pork sausage to skillet and cook until no longer pink inside. Carefully drain excess fat from the pan before adding chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Add oregano, rosemary and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Add whole and pureed white beans to skillet. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add kale and simmer another 15-20 minutes. If soup is too thick, add more stock to thin. If it is too thin, continue cooking until desired consistency is reached.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty Italian bread.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 1259kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 84g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 39g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 2746mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 6g

What are cannellini beans?

If the name cannellini might seem foreign, you’d be correct.  Cannellini beans are white Italian beans.  The Italian word translates to “small tubes.”

canellini beans

Cannellini beans belong to the same group as Navy and Great Northern Beans.  Cannellini beans are the largest white beans and are sometimes referred to as White Kidney Beans.  They are a hearty legume and often used in soups, stews, and chilis.

If you cannot find cannellini beans at your local grocery store, Great Northern Beans are a good substitute.  If you would like to make this using dried beans, you will need to plan ahead of time.  Dried beans have to be soaked prior to cooking.  There are two methods of doing this:

  1. In a large bowl, cover beans by 3 inches with cold water, cover, and set aside at room temperature for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Quick soaking method: In a large pot, cover beans by 3 inches with cold water, cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, remove the pot from heat and set it aside, covered, for 1 hour.

After either method, drain the beans before using them as directed in the recipe.

White Bean and Spicy Sausage Soup topped with Parmesan cheese

Enjoy this hearty Mediterranean soup which is rich in heart-healthy beans and gets its flavor from fresh and dried spices.  White Bean Soup is Italian comfort food in a bowl.

White Bean stew

If you are in the mood for even more Italian comfort food, then be sure to check out Valerie Bertinelli’s recipe for Spicy Arrabiata Penne pasta.

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Stephanie

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

I made this the other day and it turned out great! Thank you! But I sure hope your nutritional data is wrong! That's a lot of calories and other stuff! Maybe that's for the whole pot?

Lynda

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

It's not for the whole pot, but I am with you in thinking that the calories are off. I did a quick search on the 'net for the calories in the white beans, and if the information is correct, then each can of cannellini beans has around 403 calories (1209 for the three cans). The bulk sausage should be around 1402 calories. That comes out to 2611 calories for the bulk of the recipe. 1/4 of that would be around 650 calories.

While there are calories in the other ingredients, I don't think they would add up enough to 600.

I am glad you enjoyed the recipe nonetheless!~