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Beans and Greens Soup (With a Little Italian Sausage)

May 14, 2011
5 Ratings
  • Makes 3 to 4 quarts
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. - inpatskitchen —inpatskitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

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


What You'll Need
  • 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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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

12 Reviews

btglenn January 1, 2014
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.
inpatskitchen January 1, 2014
Thanks for taking an interest! This has been a family favorite long before I knew anything about Caldo Verde
Mollyh April 13, 2013
I had no leeks and used yellow onions instead and it was still extraordinary. A keeper for sure!
inpatskitchen April 13, 2013
Thanks so much Mollyh! I'll use onions when I have no leeks and it's still one of our favorites
EmilyArgh February 26, 2013
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
inpatskitchen February 26, 2013
Thanks so much beegoode! We love this one much that I even make it during the summer with greens from our garden.
KindraJo November 19, 2011
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.
inpatskitchen November 20, 2011
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!
duclosbe1 September 15, 2011
Congrats on another EP! I still haven't forgotten this recipe. I can't wait to make when it gets chilly again!
inpatskitchen September 15, 2011
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!
boulangere May 14, 2011
I love this. Those silken greens in your lovely photo . . . . can almost taste them.
inpatskitchen May 14, 2011
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!