White Bean and Sausage Soup

By • May 15, 2011 • 6 Comments



Author Notes: I can do cheap. I raised three girls, a large part of the time as a single parent, and our house was the one where everyone hung out, and consequently got fed. So I learned to make big pots of soup and stew that would feed a horde of hungry girls and even hungrier boyfriends. This one, unfortunately, I didn't learn until after the girls were grown, but it would certainly have been a favorite, as it is now that I have more money and fewer mouths to feed. I figure it comes in at close to 50 cents a serving. You can use most any kind of smoked sausage, or fresh Italian hot sausage. - KaybKayb

Serves 10-12

  • 1 pound navy or great northern beans (I prefer navy), soaked overnight
  • 1 large onion, diced small
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans diced tomatos
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, or fresh hot Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced oregano
  • salt and black pepper
  1. If using fresh Italian sausage, remove it from the casings and brown it, breaking up big chunks. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook diced onion and carrots in olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, until onions are soft and translucent. Add garlic. Cook another minute or so, until fragrant. If using smoked sausage, slice it in 1/4 inch slices and add it to skillet to brown slightly.
  3. Add tomatos, meat (if using the Italian sausage), and beans, and enough water to cover surface of beans by about 2 inches. Stir in oregano and thyme.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for about an hour. Add more water if needed. Test and add salt and black pepper if needed.
  5. Stir in chopped basil, and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve with a good, crusty Italian bread.
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over 2 years ago Willa

I made this a few days ago and was disappointed. I didn't have italian sausage so I used a nice smoked sausage as suggested, but I found the soup really lacking in flavour. Perhaps with the fresh italian sausage it would be more flavourful.

Kay_at_lake

over 2 years ago Kayb

Y'know, it's funny; I find that some beans -- and I just use grocery store white beans -- seem to "soak up" more flavorings than do others, and some batches of soup I need to add more seasoning than others; Also depends on how spicy your smoked sausage is. I do prefer hot Italian sausage in mine, because of the extra spice it adds. Sorry your experience with it wasn't as good as it might have been.

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about 3 years ago Sophia52

This looks delish! What size cans of diced tomatoes do you use?

Kay_at_lake

about 3 years ago Kayb

Sorry -- should have specified! The 14.5 or 15-oz cans (or one 28-oz can).

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Simple and delicious, and inexpensive!

Kay_at_lake

about 3 years ago Kayb

Thanks, Sagegreen. I just noticed I failed to put the numeral in front of the sausage ingredient -- fixed now -- it's one pound of sausage. Amazing how the hot Italian sausage flavors the soup!