Friday, November 2, 2012

Creamy White Bean, Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup

Creamy White Bean, Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Tender vegetables, white beans and Italian sausage in a creamy flavorful broth made a warm and filling lunch on a day when I didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Start to finish, this soup took well under an hour, including the time spent prepping vegetables. This was a great soup to make on Friday and have in the refrigerator over the weekend for another easy meal as well.

Just a tiny amount of red pepper flakes goes a long way in a soup, so add it with caution. My kids preferred their soup without the red pepper. However, I liked mine best with the small kick that it provided.

Creamy Vegetable Soup with White Beans and Italian Sausage
Yield: 8-10 servings
(printable recipe)

1/2 lb Italian sausage
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
8 carrots, sliced thin
1 bunch of celery, sliced thin
1 large or 2 small leeks, rinsed well and sliced very thin
2 cans white or great northern beans or 3 cups cooked white beans
8 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillion Chicken Base (adjust to taste, dependent on the stock you use)
Optional: 1/4 - 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 bay leaf
2 cups half and half

In the bottom of a large soup pot, cook and crumble the sausage over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until tender. Add the carrots, celery, leeks, beans, chicken stock, chicken base, salt, pepper flakes and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer, about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

When the vegetables are tender, taste the broth and adjust seasonings as desired. Remove from the heat and stir in the half and half. Enjoy!

Creamy White Bean, Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. I tried some turkey Italian sausage last weekend and really liked it. The broth in this soup looks so delicious. Very nice Mary. Have a great weekend.

  2. Gorgeous soup Miss Mary. Sounds delicious.

  3. Hearty, comforting, and delicious - what more can you ask for in a soup? It looks tasty!

  4. Looks delicious, wish I had a big pot simmering on my stove, it's COLD here!

  5. I love chowders, and this is a nice change-up. Love the sausage in the creamy soup base, I can just smell it now.

  6. I pinned it because it looks so good. I want to try this soon.