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Italian White Bean Soup with Sausage

Italian White Bean Soup with Sausage

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large servings
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


A delicious, hearty, and healthy dinner perfect for those cold winter nights!


1 pound dried navy or great northern beans (about 2 1/2 C)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground Italian sausage
2 cups chopped onions
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon thyme
8 cups chicken stock
3 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1.  Soak beans in cold water overnight.  Drain beans and rinse well.
2.  In large dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add sausage and saute until browned.  Remove from pan and reserve.  Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for one minute.
3.  Add sausage back to pan.  Stir in beans, bay leaves and thyme.  Add stock, water, salt, pepper and cayenne.  Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook partially covered for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  Beans should be tender and falling apart when finished.
4.  Using a potato masher, gently mash about half the beans against the bottom of the pan.  Continue to simmer the soup for 30 minutes, uncovered until the soup reduces to a thicker consistency.  Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping.


  • 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

Keywords: healthy soup recipes