Italian Sausage Bean Soup Recipe


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Craving something warm and hearty as the weather turns colder? This delicious soup combines plenty of flavor without the unnecessary fat, using a single Italian sausage broken into crumbles. White beans add protein and fiber, while nourishing tomatoes, spinach, and celery supercharge this wholesome soup with a medley of rich vitamins.


  • Italian sausage link (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 cups cooked white beans
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 2 cups shredded fresh escarole or spinach


Remove the sausage casing. Heat olive oil in the soup pot and add sausage, stirring to break up the meat into small crumbles. Brown the meat and remove some of the sausage fat by blotting with a paper towel.

Add onion, celery, and garlic. Sauté briefly. Add beans, chicken broth, bay leaf, and tomatoes. Heat thoroughly. Just before serving, add the escarole or spinach. It doesn't have to cook – just wilt and stay a vibrant green.

Serves 6.


Each serving contains about:

  • 214 calories
  • 16 g protein
  • 5 g fat
  • 6 mg cholesterol
  • 32 g carbohydrates
  • 8 g fiber
  • 203 mg sodium

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