white bean sausage soup recipe Tuscan kale
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5 from 23 votes

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

Rich in flavor and deeply satisfying, this Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup will warm both your body and soul.  Makes excellent leftovers and freezes well!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Entree, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Italian, Tuscan
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 467kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound homemade sweet Italian sausage (click link for recipe - it's super easy and SO much better than store-bought!)
  • 1 medium yellow onion , finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 large carrots , chopped
  • 2 large ribs celery , chopped
  • 1 large potato (optional) , diced
  • 2 Roma or other medium-sized tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound dried cannellini beans , soaked overnight in water, drained and rinsed (can substitute great northern beans)
  • 8 cups quality chicken broth (we recommend Aneto's 100% All-Natural Chicken Broth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ground sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bunches lacinato kale (aka Tuscan kale) , tough ribs removed and leaves roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a stock pot and cook the ground sausage until no longer pink. Add the onions and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes until softened. Add the carrots, celery and potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients except for the kale and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer on low for an hour or until the beans are tender.
  • Add the chopped kale and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until the kale is tender. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
    *This soup tastes even better the next day.
Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 1607mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2898IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 8mg