Beans and Greens Soup (With a Little Italian Sausage)

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Author Notes: When I think of inexpensive meals I almost always turn to hearty soups - a little meat and a lot of veggies go a long way. When the kids were living at home a pot of soup was usually always on the stove to accommodate their crazy schedules ( and ours!). This was one of their favorites. - inpatskitcheninpatskitchen

Food52 Review: This soup is genius. Simmering Italian sausage in chicken broth produced an unbelievable depth of flavor in the final dish, one that I would associate with far more expensive dishes. The potatoes and beans are great textural additions to the soup and with minimal preparation, they cook up fast! I loved the addition of greens (I used kale) to the soup -- it made the soup into a complete meal, especially when we served it with a crusty bread. - foresterlady

Brianne Du Clos

Makes 3 to 4 quarts

  • 1 pound dried northern white beans, soaked overnight in water to cover
  • 1 pound Sweet Italian sausage baked at 350F for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup sliced leeks
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 8 cups chopped greens ( kale, spinach,collards -your choice)
  • 3 medium potatoes,peeled and diced in 3/4 inch cubes
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Cook the soaked beans in water for 40 to 50 minutes until tender, reserving one cup of the cooking liquid. Set aside.
  2. In a large soup pot saute the leeks, crushed red pepper and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
  3. Slice the baked Italian sausage in 1/2 inch rounds and add to the pot. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, the reserved bean broth and the potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Add the greens and the cooked beans, bring back to the boil and simmer until the greens have wilted.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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over 1 year ago btglenn

Interesting take on the traditional Portuguese Caldo Verde -- green soup -- what many call the Portugal's national soup, consisting of a large amount of finely shredded kale, potatoes, onion and garlic in olive oil, and linguica sausage -- all cooked in water or a chicken broth. Beans are sometimes added for an even heartier version.


over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks for taking an interest! This has been a family favorite long before I knew anything about Caldo Verde


over 2 years ago Mollyh

I had no leeks and used yellow onions instead and it was still extraordinary. A keeper for sure!


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Mollyh! I'll use onions when I have no leeks and it's still one of our favorites


over 2 years ago EmilyArgh

This remains one of my favorites found on this site, I love how the roasted sausage transforms the broth, and how this has worked with many different types of greens


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much beegoode! We love this one much that I even make it during the summer with greens from our garden.


almost 4 years ago KindraJo

I make soup all the time but have been hesitant to try a white bean and greens soup b/c my family is not always the most adventurous. I'm sure glad I tried this one - my young kids gobbled it up and my husband had three bowls, claiming it is the best soup I've ever made.


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh I'm so glad you and your family has always been one of our favorites and a good way to introduce kids to new foods. Thanks!


almost 4 years ago Brianne Du Clos

Congrats on another EP! I still haven't forgotten this recipe. I can't wait to make when it gets chilly again!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I have the last of the collards sitting in the garden waiting to join the pot and with this cool weather we're having this week it may be very soon. Enjoy yours when you make it!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love this soup, perfectly delicious!


about 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Of all the soups I make, this is truly one of my favorites..Thanks for your kind words!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I love this. Those silken greens in your lovely photo . . . . can almost taste them.


over 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! This is a great week for this contest...I just took delivery on a Le Creuset Legumier with 4 minis...need to cut back on the food budget!