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White Bean Soup with Sweet Italian Sausage

This simple, hearty soup features sweet Italian sausage, accented by the flavors of pickling spice and sage. Kale, collard or turnip greens add a splash of color. For added convenience, see tip for slow cooker preparation. Photo credit: Lindsay Landis from Love & Olive Oil.

Serves: Makes 7 (1-cup) servings.
15 mins Prep time 30 mins Cook time
15 mins Prep time
30 mins Cook time
  • Place the pickling spice in the center of piece of cheesecloth or coffee filter. Tie tightly with long piece of string. Mash 1 can of beans in medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.

  • Cook and stir sausage, onion, carrots and garlic in 4-quart saucepot or Dutch oven on medium heat until sausage is cooked and vegetables are softened. Add mashed beans, broth, pickling spice bundle, sage and greens.

  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 20 minutes or until greens are tender. Stir in remaining can of beans. Simmer 5 minutes longer. Remove pickling spice bundle before serving.

Cooking tip

Use reduced sodium chicken broth to save 300mg sodium per serving.

Slow Cooker Directions: Prepare as directed in Steps 1 and 2. Transfer ingredients to slow cooker; cover. Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Stir in remaining can of beans. Cook on HIGH 15 minutes longer. Remove pickling spice bundle.

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Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • Calories: 167Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Sodium: 1103mgProtein: 10g
  • Total Fat: 7gFiber: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 16g

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