This quick and easy soup recipe is made with flavorful Italian sausage, hearty kale, and creamy white beans.
Soup is not in season in our household and I make it at least once a week year round. An ever-changing soup is this hearty Italian Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup. My kids love Italian sausage and kidney beans, so I almost always have them on hand. We buy bags of kale for smoothies every week, so this is a great dish when the greens are starting to wilt a bit. Plus, it’s healthy, filling, and delicious!
- Italian sausage: I prefer to use turkey sausage, but you can also use pork. I used sweet Italian sausage for my soup, but you can use mild or spicy links as well.
- Onion: I prefer white onions for their mild flavor, but they caramelize and the flavor blends well with all the other ingredients.
- Garlic: Earthy, nutty, pungent flavor that I incorporate into almost all of my dishes.
- Chicken broth: A flavorful base for the broth of soups.
- Diced tomatoes: I like to use a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes for an extra smoky flavor.
- Cannellini Beans: Also known as white kidney beans, they have a slightly nutty flavor and cook for a creamy texture.
- Kale: A great leafy green for soups as it doesn’t fall apart when cooked. If you don’t have kale on hand, spinach would work well too!
How to Make Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup
Start preparing your soup by dicing your onion, peeling your garlic, and washing and chopping your kale.
Then, in the bottom of a large saucepan, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onion in it.
Then use a micro slicer to freshly grate the garlic with the onion.
Next, add your Italian sausage and brown it by shredding it with a wooden spoon. If you like it spicy, you can also add a few red chili flakes.
Pour in your chicken broth and scrape off any bits from the bottom of the pot.
Then add your diced tomatoes.
And the drained and rinsed cannellini beans. Bring to a boil.
Finish with the chopped kale before bringing to a simmer, then simmer for about 20 minutes.
Check for seasonings and add salt and pepper.
Serve sprinkled with parmesan and enjoy the soup with sausage, kale and white beans.
Frequently asked Questions:
Why is kale good for you?
The nutritional benefits of kale are countless. Kale is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and lutein. It is considered a powerful antioxidant and is widely believed to contain cancer-fighting agents.
Should You Add Vinegar to Bean Soup?
While it’s popular to add vinegar when cooking dry beans, you don’t need to add vinegar to a soup that contains beans. Unless you want!
Can you freeze bean soup?
Yes! This soup freezes great. Place it in a freezer safe, resealable bag and it will keep for 3 months.
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Sausage, kale and white bean soup
This quick and easy one-pot soup recipe is made with sausage, hearty kale, and creamy white beans. The perfect solution for a cold day!
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Preheat a large stockpot over medium-high heat and ignite with cooking spray. Add the diced onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
Take the sausage out of the casing and sauté in the pan together with the onions, mash into bite-sized pieces with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Cook until sausage is golden brown, about 8-9 minutes.
Stir in the chicken broth with a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and beans and bring the pot to a boil. Stir in the kale, then reduce to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. Before serving, check for seasoning,
To reduce the sodium count, look for low-sodium chicken broth and low-sodium sausage.
Portion: 3cupsCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 32.8GProtein: 29.6GFat: 11.4GSaturated Fatty Acids: 2.5GMonounsaturated fatty acids: 8.9GCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1051mgFiber: 7.3GSugar: 4.6G