Spicy Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach Soup

This Spicy Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach Soup recipe has it all! With tons of veggie goodness, it 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!


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 I became a bean lover waaaaaaaaaay before I knew all of the health benefits.

As a kid, my father didn't have a pallet that allowed for much experimentation, much to my mother's dismay.

He was a meat and potatoes guy, and there were very (and I mean very few) veggies he would even entertain the idea of allowing real estate options on his plate.

Of course, I, being Daddy's girl, followed right along in my father's footsteps and turned my nose up to many many things.

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!




One of the many things I love about beans is that they are sooooo versatile. 


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 worlds, 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!!



Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Spicy Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach Soup

This soup has it all. It is spicy, creamy, and packed with veggie goodness.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 23 minstotal time: 33 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian 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

instructions


  1. 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.
  2. Remove the sausage from the pot and transfer it to a plate or bowl. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  7. Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping in that lovely broth.
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34 comments:

  1. I've loved beans my whole life and my dad did too. We always had beans with our meals when I was growing up and I still keep on with it to now. Great soup. The spicy sausage is definitely a tasty combo for beans.

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    1. Thanks Renee :) Yes, I could seriously make a meal out of just a can of beans!!

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  2. Wish I had a BIG bowl of this right now! Yum!

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  3. I seem to add spinach to most of my soups, so yours looks fantastic to me! And the spicy sausage is just my style, too :)

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    1. I love to add baby kale to soup too. I am so glad you like the recipe!!

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  4. This soup looks great - I like the addition of some naughty cream. ;)

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    1. Hehe sometimes you just have to be a bit naughty :)

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  5. Diana @DandelionGreensBlogMarch 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    I've always loved beans too! Great recipe :-)

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  6. Great use for turkey sausage in soup!

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  7. Yum! Love the spicy sausage in this soup!

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  8. This is right up my alley! I love using turkey sausage also! YUM!

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    1. Thanks Val! Turkey sausage has all of those great Italian sausage flavors without all of the fat IMHO

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  9. I've loved beans since I was a kid too - so I totally understand that! Your soup is beautiful!!

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  10. Oh man, all these great soups! I love the sausage in this... it looks so hearty and good!

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    1. Thanks! It is definitely a stick to your ribs kind of soup!

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  11. Delish! You would never be hungry after this!

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  12. Beans truly are a nutritional power house and putting them in soup is one of my favorite ways of using them. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    1. Yes they are! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe Wendy.

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  13. Yep, this is many of my favorite ingredients all cooked together ... love it!

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  14. I wasn't a bean lover myself until about 10 years ago and one of my favorite ways to eat them is in soup. This looks delicious Bobbi!

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    1. Oh you have a lot of time to catch up on Carrie LOL I am so glad you like the soup!!

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  15. How pretty, healthy and tasty, would love a bowl of that right now!!

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    1. Thanks Tara. I sure you wish you could come visit so I could make you some :)

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  16. Great story and beanie info, Bobbi! I say bean lovers unite and be heard! ;)

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    1. Wonderful!!! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks so much for letting me know! I love to hear when people make my recipes!!

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  18. Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.


    Simon

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  19. Bobby you left out when you're supposed to add the sausage back to the soup?

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    1. Yikes, thanks for pointing that out to me Drae! I have added that step to the instructions now.

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