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This flavorful Italian sausage white bean soup recipe is loaded with bacon and sausage, fresh spinach, and tender cannellini beans. It’s simple to make and so cozy!

You may also like my Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup or this Italian Sausage Orzo recipe next.

Italian sausage white bean soup (two bowls) with a spoon

Why you’ll love it

This easy sausage white bean soup doesn’t use a ton of ingredients (just a few pantry staples!), and it also happens to be dairy free. If you’re looking for a soup that’s super comforting without any added milk or cream, you’ve found the right recipe.

If you like Zuppa Toscana, the famous Olive Garden soup, chances are you’ll also enjoy this Italian sausage soup. It has similar vibes with sausage and bacon and a rich broth! This simple white bean soup has become a reader favorite.

What you’ll need

  • Italian sausage – I used Johnsonville mild
  • Bacon – because it makes everything better
  • Onion and garlic – I like sweet (Vidalia) onions best
  • White beans – canned cannellini beans are the star of the broth. They’re buttery and filling and inexpensive.
  • Chicken broth – the savory base of the soup
  • Italian seasoning – I always keep it in stock in my pantry. It’s a versatile blend that comes in one jar and adds tons of flavor.
  • Rosemary – you can use freshly chopped rosemary if you have some on hand vs. dried
  • Carrots and spinach – for some veggie goodness
ingredients for italian sausage white bean soup in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • This 5.5 quart Staub Dutch oven is the one I use for many of my soups.
  • A pair of kitchen shears makes it effortless to cut up the bacon, and a garlic press saves time on mincing garlic by hand.
  • I use an immersion blender to get that nice puréed texture.

How to make sausage white bean soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing sausage and bacon and onions in a soup pot

In a large pot or Dutch oven, add the sausage meat along with the bacon. Cook until the fat has rendered. Transfer to a plate, leaving a couple of tablespoons of fat. Sauté the onion until softened, then add in the garlic.

making the broth for italian sausage soup and blending with a stick blender

Stir in the beans, broth, Italian seasoning, and rosemary, and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Remove from the heat, and purée it with an immersion blender (I like to leave some of the beans whole – it’s up to you how much you blend it).

adding carrots and meat and spinach to a pot of sausage white bean soup

Return the sausage and bacon to the pot. Add the carrots, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until the carrots have softened. Stir in the spinach, let it wilt, and season with salt & pepper as needed.

Substitutions and variations

  • You could add a splash of cream to this soup if you want to make it even richer. Try 1/2 cup to start.
  • Don’t want to use spinach? Try kale or Swiss Chard instead.
  • If you want some heat, use hot Italian sausage or add some red pepper flakes.
  • You could add a diced potato or two to this soup if you wish. I didn’t find it necessary, but I think it would make it even heartier. 
close-up of Italian sausage white bean soup in a pot with ladle

What to serve with sausage white bean soup

Leftovers and storage

  • Store leftovers of this soup in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat slowly over a low heat until warmed through. The beans will continue to release starch as the soup cools, so you may need to add some more broth to leftovers.
  • This soup will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. If you’re making a big batch to freeze, I would suggest adding the spinach after you thaw it/just before serving. 
Italian sausage white bean soup close-up in a bowl

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Italian sausage white bean soup (two bowls) with a spoon
4.94 from 197 votes

Italian Sausage White Bean Soup

This flavorful Italian sausage white bean soup recipe is loaded with bacon and sausage, fresh spinach, and tender cannellini beans. It's simple to make and so cozy!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound Italian sausage see note
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 (14 ounce) cans white beans (cannellini) drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 small carrots peeled & chopped small
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add the sausage meat to a large soup pot, along with the bacon (I cut it up using kitchen shears).
  • Cook over medium-high heat until the sausage and bacon are somewhat crispy/the fat has been rendered out (this can take upwards of 15 minutes). Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients.
  • Transfer the sausage and bacon to a plate (I don't line it with paper towel because the extra fat adds more flavor, but you can if you want). Leave about 2 tablespoons of fat in the pot (spoon any excess out).
  • Add the onion to the pot and sauté it for 3-5 minutes or until it's softened and starting to lightly brown.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the beans, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and rosemary. Give it a good stir and scrape up any brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Take the pot off the stove. Using an immersion/stick blender, purée the soup. I like to leave some beans whole. The soup will thicken a bit more as it cooks, but the thickness/texture will be similar to what it is after you do this part, so keep that in mind. If you don't have a stick blender, transfer a ladle or two of beans to a regular blender, or use a potato masher or fork for a more rustic texture.
  • Return the sausage and bacon to the pot and add in the chopped carrots as well. Place the pot over high heat. Once the soup starts to boil, cover the pot with the lid slightly ajar and reduce the heat so it's simmering. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots have softened and the soup has thickened up a bit more.
  • Stir in the spinach and let it wilt for a minute or two. Taste and season with salt & pepper as needed. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • For the sausage, anything around the 1 pound/16 oz. ballpark is fine – it doesn’t need to be exact. Here in Canada I buy a 500g (17.6 oz.) 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages and take the meat out of the casings.
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth if sensitive to salt. Bacon and sausages can be fairly salty so you probably won’t need to add much extra salt to this soup.
  • Instant Pot method: sauté the ingredients as instructed, blend the beans right in the pot, cook it on high pressure for 8 minutes, then add the spinach in after you release the pressure. If needed, add extra broth to thin the soup out.

Nutrition

Calories: 715kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1267mg, Potassium: 1864mg, Fiber: 18g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3734IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 282mg, Iron: 11mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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518 Comments

  1. I look forward to try this recipe. What if you use hard cannelli beans instead of canned. Do you need to soak the beans before use?

    Thank-you.
    Tammy

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this half a dozen times… my husband just had thirds. This recipe is a WINNER, just as it is!

  3. Delicious! Super easy, flavorful and healthy. A hit with the whole family. Thank you for the great recipe. It’s a keeper!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! I made this 2 days ago and fell in love! It reminded me of Zuppa Toscana, but so much easier and just as good. The only bit of twist I made was that I added about 3/4 cup of heavy cream after I used the immersion blender to break down a few beans. I eat soup year round and this will definitely become a staple!

  5. 5 stars
    It’s cold and rainy in the bay area and I found this recipe on Pinterest. I followed the directions exactly as written and can’t begin to say how delicious it is. It’s hearty and so flavorful. Definitely deserves the 5 star rating.

    1. Hi Deanna! I receive many comments, so you would need to be more specific. My first thought is you may have replied to another reader’s comment rather than creating a new comment like you did here, so it’s possible that it has been posted but you just don’t see it since it’ll be further down the page. Or, perhaps you commented on a different recipe by accident and didn’t realize. Or, perhaps there was a technical glitch on your phone/computer/etc. and it never made it to me for moderation. I don’t see any comments from you in my deleted comments folder either. Update: I think I see your comment – did you leave it on January 13? It’s there – you just have to press the “older comments” button. 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I made this last night. It was delicious! My husband said, “you can make this again”. Thanks for using your talents to post delicious recipies.

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Easy and filling! I used an immersion blender a little bit as I wanted about half of the beans whole. I followed the recipe exactly. I did add about 1/2 cup of half and half.
    Thank you for the great recipe!