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White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

We are finally having cooler weather here in Portland and since it was in the 60’s and very windy, I decided to make a pot of soup. After looking through my cupboards and refrigerator I found homemade chicken broth, white beans, kale, a carrot, garlic, and a couple of Italian sausages.  I loved the simplicity of this soup.  No fancy herbs.  No heavy cream.  Just basic ingredients that when combined made an outstanding soup.  We all loved it and enjoyed hearty bowls of soup for dinner.  I love watching my kids eat the kale without any qualms… it does my heart good!  I served this soup with my House Salad tossed with Fran’s Vinaigrette and some freshly baked bread for a delicious and healthy meal.

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Coat with cooking spray then add the turkey Italian sausages.  Cook on all sides, until cooked through, about 7-8 minutes in total.  Slice the sausages down the center lengthwise then place back into the Dutch oven to cook on each side for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from the Dutch oven and let cool then dice into small bite sized pieces.

Add the olive oil to the pot then toss in the onion and carrot.  Cook, stirring often, for 5-6 minutes or until tender.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Add the chicken stock, white beans, and chopped sausage.  Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Cover with the lid and let the soup simmer for 45 minutes.  Use an immersion blender to blend a little bit of the soup to make it thicker.  Add the kale and stir until well combined and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.  Ladle into bowls and served topped with Parmesan cheese if desired.  Enjoy.

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

 

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 2 links of turkey Italian sausage cooked, then diced
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • ½ sweet yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 5 cups of homemade chicken broth see link above
  • 3 cans of white beans drained & rinsed
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of kale chopped
  • Parmesan cheese if desired

Instructions

  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray then add the turkey Italian sausages. Cook on all sides, until cooked through, about 7-8 minutes in total. Slice the sausages down the center lengthwise then place back into the Dutch oven to cook on each side for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the Dutch oven and let cool then dice into small bite sized pieces.
  • Add the olive oil to the pot then toss in the onion and carrot. Cook, stirring often, for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, white beans, and chopped sausage. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover with the lid and let the soup simmer for 45 minutes. Use an immersion blender to blend a little bit of the soup to make it thicker. Add the kale and stir until well combined and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Ladle into bowls and served topped with Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy.
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31 Comments

  1. It’s finally getting a bit cooler here too! This soup looks amazing, and I love that you made your own broth. That’s been on my bucket list for quite some time so I really need to get on that asap so I can make this!

  2. This is a really good soup for a freezing cold Canadian winter! Nice variety of ingredients, sure to please everyone at home 🙂

  3. Dear Pam,
    What a fantastic, hearty and comforting recipe. LOVE IT!!
    Cheers and hope you have a fabulous weekend,
    Lia.

  4. Kim in MD says:

    Is this the soup you were going to make the day you made the whole wheat baguette (but then went out to dinner instead)? This would have gone perfect with that bread, Pam! 😉 It has been hot here, but is supposed to be in the upper 50’s next week. That will definitely be soup weather, and this soup will be on the menu. I love that your little ones gobbled up the kale!

  5. Looks great Pam!! Next time I get some turkey sausage, I am going to make it. I also love that salad dressing….it’s absolutely delicious! I have made it several times

  6. I think all the bloggers in cooler weather got together and decided today would be a good day to tease that girl from Arizona where it’s still in the high 90’s!! This is like the 5th soup recipe that I have seen today that has made me long for cooler weather!!! Love the heartiness of the beans and sausage together!

  7. Perpect soup for cooler weather and great combo on the soup recipe,,YUM !!

  8. Julie Spady says:

    This looks delicious. I love soup all year long, why wait for the cold?? Are you in Portland, Ore?

    1. Yes, I live in Portland, Oregon.

  9. Soups like this are my favorite at this time of year! just full of good healthy comfort.

  10. it’s about to get COLD in these parts, i’ll be making this very soon 🙂

  11. Soup is on the docket around here this weekend, too! Yours looks filling and delicious. Great autumn comfort food. Have a nice weekend, Pam.

  12. I made a white bean & spinach soup. Your soup looks delicious! Don’t you just love soup season?

  13. Looks really nice Pam. White beans, kale, and meat is one of our favorite soups and it’s healthy as well.

  14. Oh that sounds great. I made vegetable soup today. I’m so happy for this cooler weather.

  15. There is nothing better when the temperatures start to drop than a warm bowl of soup. This one looks delicious, I love the beans and the kale.

  16. sausage, beans, aromatics–these are things that are welcome in any form, especially soup!

  17. The turkey sausage reminded me of a Mitch Hedberg quote that always made me laugh:
    “I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastromi,.Some one needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself.”

  18. I made this today and it was amazing! Just what I wanted on my cool wisconsin fall day!

  19. Pam – A lot of your recipies like this one call for Italian turkey sausage, but I have a hard time finding it. Do you have a particular brand or store in the Portland area you recommend?

    1. Patty,

      I usually get mine at Fred Meyer or Safeway in Beaverton. I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Pam

  20. Jane wright says:

    I love your website and I love your recipes! Just made the soup; absolutely delish! Thank you!!

  21. Pam, the page still looks messed up…I am trying to leave you a message here…it seems that sidebar is gone. Everything on the sidebar now under the main column.