Spicy Italian sausage, creamy white beans, and all of that fresh baby spinach makes for one hearty and healthy soup. Looking for a meatless idea? Omit the sausage, use veggie stock, and add a pinch of red pepper flakes!
This week's Sunday Supper is being hosted by the wonderful Tammi from Momma's Meals, and we are celebrating all things bean. Ahh yes, beans beans they're good for your heart, the more you eat the more you.....ya that brings back memories of my childhood? Don't you love the things we found humor in? Actually, if I am completely honest, that saying still makes me giggle. I guess I am a 10 year old at heart. See, beans keep you young!
But the lovely legume is so much more than the just the subject of silly kids rhymes. Oh yes my friends much much more!
- Studies have shown that people who eat beans have a lower risk of heart disease.
- Beans contain a wide range of cancer-fighting plant chemicals like isoflavones and phytosterols, which are associated with reducing cancer risk.
- Beans provide the body with soluble fiber, which plays an important role in controlling blood cholesterol levels.
- A serving of beans will help you feel full more quickly, because the rich fiber content fills your stomach and causes a slower rise in blood sugar. That should stave off hunger longer and give you a steady supply of energy.
- Beans are a diabetes sufferer's superfood! The balance of complex carbohydrates and protein provides a slow, steady source of glucose instead of the sudden surge that can occur after eating simple carbohydrates.
But Daddy loved beans. Any kind of beans from green beans, to pinto beans, and even the dreaded (to most kids) Lima bean. All were welcome at our dinner table. Even at 8 years old, I would gobble up any bean my Mom would serve. That trend has continued on in my life, and did with my father as well. He lived with me for the last few years of his life, and I could always count on him cleaning his plate if there were any type of beans present!Cook time: 00 hrs. 23 mins.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
One of the many things I love about beans is that they are sooooo versatile. You can use them in tons of different dishes. A few of my families favorites are, , , , , , , , and , just to name a few.
This soup has now skyrocketed into one of those top spots as a family favorite beancentric meal. It is so tasty, yet healthy too. The best of both words, which is always nice to have right? Oh, yes there is that little bit of cream that I add at the end. But I figured this is so super healthy that we could add a little naughtiness. However, feel free to leave the cream out if you want to keep it on the straight and narrow, or if you have issues with dairy. It will taste just as good, I promise! I just can't seem to resist being slightly bad.
How do you feel about beans? Do you have a favorite beantastic dish? I would love to hear about it!!
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Spicy Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound spicy Italian turkey sausage, casing removed*
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 medium carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cups chicken broth*
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 (15.5 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 10 ounces baby spinach
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Add the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Loaf of crusty bread
Equipment I used
- Heat olive oil in a large heavy-duty pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, begin to break up the sausage and allow it to cook, stirring occasionally, until it has fully browned. Remove the sausage from the pot and transfer it to a plate or bowl. Set aside.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic, onion, carrots, celery, oregano, and basil. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in chicken broth, bay leaf, and beans, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer and cover, cook until the carrots are tender, about 5 minutes
- Remove the bay leaf, return the sausage to the pot, and add the spinach and stir until it begins to wilt, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the cream.
- Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping in that lovely broth.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 33 mins.
Tags: Italian sausage, turkey, garlic, onion, carrot, celery, beans, cream, soup, #SundaySupper
* Omit the sausage and use veggie stock for a vegetarian version but add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to give it the kick.
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