Winter is HERE and so is the perfect hearty, healthy dinner to combat the cold. This Italian White Bean Soup with Sausage is bursting with flavor and the recipe makes a big enough batch for EIGHT hearty servings. And of course, if you have a hot piece of crusty bread on the side, you will reach cold weather culinary perfection.
This recipe has been in our winter dinner rotation since 2009 and every time I make it, I’m amazed at how much flavor can come out of such a simple recipe. I think it’s that Italian sausage that creates such a depth of flavor.
Below are some of the most FAQ’s I get about this popular recipe so scroll down to see if your most pressing question gets answered. If not, drop me a comment below or pop me a quick email and I’ll answer any other questions you have!
Can I use regular sausage instead of Italian sausage?
The quick answer is yes, but know that your end result will taste quite different. The Italian sausage is seasoned with fennel or anise and that is what makes such an impact on the flavor of this soup.
If you choose to use a regular sausage, be sure you add some anise of fennel seeds to the soup to compensate.
And yes, if you have some turkey sausage, that is totally acceptable to use as well.
Can I use canned beans instead of dry beans?
Again, the easy answer is yes but again, the end result will not be as flavorful. Will it still be delicious? You bet but the fact that the bean cook in the flavorful broth of the soup allows the beans to absorb all of that flavor.
If you do choose to use canned beans, prepare the soup as written, add the canned beans in step 3, and only simmer for 10-15 minutes. The canned beans will turn mushy very quickly compared to dried beans.
Recipe variation suggestions
As always, I encourage you to experiment with my recipe and personalize it to what your family loves. Here are some suggestions you can try out:
- Add some fresh spinach, kale, or collard greens to the finished soup and allow them to wilt before serving
- Serve with some grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top
- Feel free to try different beans instead of white beans. This would be yummy with pinto, black, or even split peas!
Italian White Bean Soup with Sausage VIDEO
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A delicious, hearty, and healthy dinner perfect for those cold winter nights!
- Serving Size: 1/8th
- Calories: 275
- Sugar: 2g
- Sodium: 1848mg
- Fat: 12g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 24g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 15g
- Cholesterol: 34mg
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