Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup


Hearty, healthy and full of flavor, this smoked sausage and white bean soup has become our new favorite weeknight meal. You won’t believe how simple it is, too!

Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup – Hearty, healthy and full of flavor, this soup is our new favorite weeknight meal. You won't believe how simple it is, too! |

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!

Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup – Hearty, healthy and full of flavor, this soup is our new favorite weeknight meal. You won't believe how simple it is, too! |

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!

Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup – Hearty, healthy and full of flavor, this soup is our new favorite weeknight meal. You won't believe how simple it is, too! |

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!

Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup – Hearty, healthy and full of flavor, this soup is our new favorite weeknight meal. You won't believe how simple it is, too! |

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!

Smoked Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup

Servings 4 to 5


  • 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


  • 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  6. My kind of comfort food!

  7. 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 :)

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

  9. 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 :)

  10. I am absolutely in love with your soup!!

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

  12. Love these comforting soups for winter!

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

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

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

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

  17. 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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  18. 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 :)

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

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

  21. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  27. 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!!!

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

  29. 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.

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

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

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

  33. Here I am on this cold January day wondering what to make for dinner so that I don’t have to venture out into the cold. I knew that I wanted to mix together some sausage and white beans that I had in my kitchen but wasn’t quite sure how to make it come together into one delicious dish. Thank goodness I stumbled upon your website! It was delicious. I used canned diced tomatoes with green chiles in it and added a tad bit of cumin to my simmering soup. Gave it a nice kick and great flavor…didn’t even need to add any salt or pepper. This will definitely be added to my collection…thanks for sharing!

  34. Kristi Robertson says:

    I made this for my family tonight and we absolutely loved it! For such a simple dish it came out to be amazing. I will definitely make this again. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

  35. One of the best soups I’ve ever made. Great flavor, hearty thickness. Served with garlic bread. Great on a cold winter’s night. Thank you for the recipe!

  36. Hi there,

    I just came across this recipe (through a Buzzfeed article), and it sounds really delicious. I have a question though – How does the spinach hold up on reheating? I’d like to make this for work lunches for the week, but not sure how the spinach will go being reheated in the microwave. What do you think?


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  48. Debbie McGee says:

    To answer the question of how the spinach does on a reheat, this is how I do it. Make it as above but do not add the spinach. Make sure the soup is piping hot and put fresh spinach leaves in individual soup bowls and ladle the soup on top. Trust me the spinach will cook in the bowl if the soup is hot. Just stir in after a minute or two. This way you avoid mushy overcooked spinach on a reheat. Kale works as well. Great recipe.

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