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

Italian Sausage White Bean Soup

This flavorful Italian sausage white bean soup is loaded with bacon, plenty of tasty sausage pieces, spinach, and oodles of tender cannellini beans. 

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Italian sausage white bean soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 740 kcal
Author Natasha Bull

Ingredients

  • 17.6 ounces (500g) Italian sausages crumbled
  • 4 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 (14 fluid ounce) cans white beans (cannellini) drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 dash Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 small carrots peeled & chopped small
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Take the sausage meat out of its casings and crumble it into a large soup pot, along with the bacon (I cut it up using kitchen shears).

  2. Cook over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes or until the sausage and bacon are somewhat crispy/the fat has been rendered out. Meanwhile, prep the other ingredients.

  3. 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).

  4. Add the onion to the pot and sauté it for 3-5 minutes or until it's softened and starting to lightly brown.

  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Return the sausage and bacon to the pot and add in the chopped carrots as well. Increase the heat to high. 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.

  9. Stir in the spinach and let it wilt for a minute or two. Taste and season with salt & pepper as needed. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • I used a 5-pack of Johnsonville sausages for this recipe. Anything in the ballpark weight-wise will work. Or use ground sausage meat to skip the step of taking it 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.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Italian Sausage White Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 740 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 1314mg57%
Potassium 1978mg57%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 3722IU74%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 285mg29%
Iron 12mg67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.