Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup

When I’m lacking motivation with dinnertime meals, I do a little shopping. Not at the grocery store or farmer’s market, though. I put my thinking cap on and go shopping in my cabinets!

What emerged recently was a stockpile of the usual – diced tomatoes, beans, chicken broth, onions, garlic and Italian seasoning. Fill in the blanks with smoked sausage, fresh spinach and a major craving for soup, and dinner was decided!

It’s been a few years in the making, but with scrumptious soups like this it’s becoming easier to convince my man they can be hearty enough for meals! Add a hunk of crusty bread and a leafy green salad to the side, and you’ve got a delicious and well-rounded dinner that even the most discerning man-ivore will love.

Mine sure does!

To keep this hearty soup healthy yet lick-the-bowl good, I used turkey smoked sausage, fresh spinach and low-sodium chicken broth. You can also use beef or chicken sausage, and 10 oz. of frozen spinach in place of fresh. Just make sure you drain and squeeze the frozen variety very dry. During the first test run of this soup, I used frozen and didn’t get all the moisture out, so my broth was stained a gross, unappetizing green. Down the disposal it went.

Go for the fresh stuff and add it during the last 5 minutes of cooking – you’ll avoid monster-colored broth!

Give this warm, flavorful soup a whirl and you’ll see why it’s become a big favorite in our house this season! It’s light and doesn’t weigh you down, but still gives you that satisfying “full” feeling. Plus, you won’t even believe how easy it is (and how good it tastes as next-day leftovers). I think that’s what we all aim for with weeknight meals anyway, right?

I hope you enjoy this one, friends! Let me know how yours turns out if you do try it. And, have a fabulous winter weekend!

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Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup

Yield: Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil
13 oz. smoked sausage (chicken, turkey or beef)
1 yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups (32 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth
10 oz. fresh baby spinach
Salt and pepper, to taste
Grated parmesan cheese, for serving, optional

Directions:

In a large pot over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add sausage and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned. Add onions and garlic; cook 2-3 minutes, until soft and fragrant.

Stir in thyme leaves, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, beans and chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 25-30 minutes. Stir in spinach during last 5 minutes of cooking. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon into serving bowls and top with grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

Enjoy!

      

32 Responses to “Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup”

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    Kathryn — January 10, 2014 @ 3:24 am

    This is a great soup! I love how hearty and flavourful it sounds.

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — January 10, 2014 @ 6:14 am

    A hearty healthy soup. This is going onto my must make list.

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    shelly@ohshellsbells — January 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    i love it when a meal comes togethter without a trip to the store!

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    marcie — January 10, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    I love soups like this, Georgia! They’re so hearty and satisfying, you don’t need much else. This looks so fresh and delicious. :)

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — January 10, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    It’s snowing right now and this soup sounds awfully good for today’s weather!

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    Pam — January 10, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    My kind of comfort food!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — January 10, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    thats sounds like my idea of grocery shopping lately. i have been trying to get rid of things from my pantry and freezer but purchasing more things. this soup is totally doable :)

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 10, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Yum! I am drooling over those photos! That sausage looks so mouth watering! I need a big bowl of this right now!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — January 10, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    Yummy! Perfect comfort food and I’m the same, always trying to keep dinner fresh, sometimes I get stuck in a rut, but I try not to! Thanks so much for this recipe :)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 10, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    I am absolutely in love with your soup!!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 10, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    My husband loves hearty soups like this! We’ll have to make this soon!

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    Gaby — January 10, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    Love these comforting soups for winter!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — January 10, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    Soup sounds so good today and this one looks wonderful Georgia!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 10, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    My favorite meals are the ones that come from my pantry! I’d say you found a winner in this one. Looks so good!

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    ashley - baker by nature — January 10, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    This is one beautiful bowl of soup! I could live on it for a week… please!

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    Tieghan — January 10, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

    This is so cozy!! I love how heart it is. Perfect for winter!

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    michael — January 11, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Boy I’d love to have a big bowl of your soup right now, it looks delicious! We have a rainy and cold day today, this would be perfect! :-)

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — January 11, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    As soon as I saw this I knew I’d have to put it on the menu this week. I have smoked sausage sitting in my fridge and now I know what I’m doing with it! I’ll let you know how it turns out. Can’t wait :)

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    KgReciPe — January 12, 2014 @ 6:58 am

    I am so much hungry to see your all recipes. I love to eat them as soon as possible lol

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 12, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    Georgia, this soup looks insanely good! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — January 12, 2014 @ 11:45 am

    We often make a meal of soup! You can pack so much good flavor into a bowl, that you don’t miss having other things for dinner. This soup would be perfect for us – love all the flavors you’ve included in it. Good stuff – thanks.

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    Monet — January 12, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    This looks easy, hearty and delicious. Thank you for sharing Georgia!

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — January 12, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    This soup is packed with yummy foods! I love it! I could go for a bowl right about now :)

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — January 12, 2014 @ 11:57 pm

    The soup look mighty yummy and healthy. thanks for sharing.

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    Beth — January 14, 2014 @ 6:14 am

    This looks awesome! Pinning it for dinner in the near future!

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    Patty — January 14, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Pinned!! I would love this soup for dinner tonight ;)
    Happy New Year Georgia and happy cooking in 2014!!!

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    Janna — January 20, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

    I just made this tonight for dinner and it turned out delicious! My husband really liked it; I will make it again! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    ali — January 22, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Made this the other night!!! It was delicious!!! Everyone loved it!

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    Rachel — January 22, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    Just got done making this and OMG it smells delicious. I want to eat it right out of the pot. My younger brother probably won’t like it because he’s a picky eater but as far as me and my mother go, this was awesome.

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    Brigitte — June 12, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    This soup is delicious! Just made it for supper last night along with a fresh loaf of bread. This is a keeper!

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    Cathy — August 30, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    What would be a good substitute for the tomato portion of the recipe? I have friends who are allergic to tomatoes.

    • Georgia — August 31st, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      Any equivalent amount of a different chopped-up vegetable (bell peppers, carrots, artichokes, squash etc.) would work fine.

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