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Italian Sausage Bean Soup

If your ingredients are flavorful, you don't need a lot of fat. A single Italian sausage link will do. Once your beans are cooked, this soup takes no time at all.

Ingredients

  • Italian sausage link (about 1/4 pound)

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1 stalk celery, sliced

  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 3 cups cooked white beans

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, no salt added

  • 2 cups shredded fresh escarole or spinach

Directions

Remove the sausage casing.

Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat and add sausage, stirring to break up the meat into small crumbles. Brown the meat and remove some of the sausage fat by blotting with a paper towel. Add onion, celery, and garlic. Sauté briefly. Add beans, chicken broth, bay leaf, and tomatoes. Heat thoroughly by bringing to a low boil.
Just before serving, add the escarole or spinach and stir until just wilted (it should stay a vibrant green).

Serves 6

Each serving contains about 214 calories, 16 g protein, 5 g fat, 6 mg cholesterol, 32 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, and 203 mg sodium.

Online Medical Reviewer: Brittany Poulson MDA RDN CD CDE
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather Trevino
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2023
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