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Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup

White beans and sausage are the stars of this soup, and this is a rustic, warming and hearty dish. The recipe makes 8 small servings, about 1 cup each, but we prefer a slightly more generous helping, so suggest this amount for 6 people. This works well for lunch or dinner, served with crusty bread, and you will find that kids enjoy this soup as much as the grownups do, and you will love serving this to your little ones because you know it is full of nutrients without all the sugar, salt and chemicals found in most canned soups.

Whether you choose cannellini beans, Great Northern beans, or navy beans, this soup is sure to taste delicious. If you are using dried ones, soak them overnight so you can cook them faster the following day. You might want to puree a cup or 2 of beans to make the texture creamier. An immersion blender is a simple way to do this, or you could use a regular blender or food processor. If you do not want to do this, just leave all the beans whole and the soup will be thinner in consistency.

This is a simple soup to make, as many Italian soups are. You need to sauté the vegetables, garlic and other ingredients, then add the beans and let them cook until tender. Soak them overnight and they will cook faster. If you prefer to use canned beans, these only need to be warmed through, not cooked, so the cooking time will be shorter still.

Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup
Summary: White beans, Italian sausage and vegetables are flavored with garlic and parsley in this Italian soup recipe. Rustic and hearty, this makes a great lunch or dinner, accompanied by bread.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 lb dried Great Northern, cannellini or navy beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lb Italian sausage
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Water, as needed
  • 1 diced sweet onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Pick any debris out of the beans the day before making this soup.
  2. Put the beans in a big pot and cover with 2 inches of water, then let them soak overnight.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans.
  4. Warm the olive oil in a big pot over a medium-hot heat, then add the sausage and cook it through.
  5. Add the celery and onion and cook for 7 minutes.
  6. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the carrots, thyme, parsley, salt, and black pepper.
  8. Stir in the beans and pour in water until the beans are covered by an inch.
  9. Cook for 1 to 1½ hours over a medium heat, stirring often.
  10. Season to taste if you need to, and puree a couple of cups of beans in the blender then add them back in.
  11. Serve hot.

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This bowlful of goodness is white bean and sausage soup. Perfect for a hearty lunch or dinner, this is easy to make and it is also low-cost because of all the beans in there. Leave out the Italian sausage if you would prefer a vegetarian version. Soak the beans overnight and you will find this does not take long to make the following day because the beans are already softened a bit. This is best served piping hot and it is comforting and hearty. Typically Italian, this dish blends delicate, aromatic flavors, for a perfect result.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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