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Hearty and filling White Bean, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Soup will warm you up on a chilly day.
Made with simple ingredients all in one pot. This easy soup will be ready to satisfy your family in about an hour.
How to Make White Bean, Chicken Sausage, and Kale Soup
This recipe is made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry or refrigerator. I used Italian Sausage style chicken sausage links that were nitrate-free and precooked.
Gather all your ingredients and chop your vegetables so when it is time to cook, everything is ready. This simple step makes cooking a lot easier because you know you have all the ingredients before you start.
This soup uses a combination of carrots, celery, and onions. When sauteing these ingredients I start with the carrots because they are denser and will take longer to cook. Then I add celery, onions and lastly garlic. You have to watch garlic because it will burn quickly and give a bitter flavor.
I like to take a portion of the beans and process them since I try to limit dairy which increases saturated fat. Processing the beans gives the soup a creamy appearance like you added cream. I use an immersion blender, but you can do this with a tabletop food processer too. If you choose you can add the whole can of rinsed beans to the soup.
Adding the kale, chicken sausage, spices, salt and pepper finishes the ingredients. Then let the soup simmer over low heat to allow the flavors to blend.
Substitutions When You are Out
Chicken Sausage: you can substitute turkey sausage links or ground chicken or turkey sausage. Look for healthier options that are nitrate-free.
Kale: If you don't have kale, you can substitute finely chopped fresh spinach.
Broth: I use chicken broth that I have in my freezer, but you can substitute premade broths from the grocery store. The canned options work fine, but I usually keep a jar of the chicken broth paste in my refrigerator incase I am out. I prefer it over the canned broths.
Beans: I usually keep white beans in my pantry. I like the cannellini beans, but white beans will work too. One can of beans is plenty at my house, but you can can add a second can if you prefer.
Spices: spices are simple in this recipe, but if you don't have Italian spice, you can substitute equal amounts of 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage. Add what you have on hand.
Looking for more chicken dishes? Check out my post on Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes. Chicken entrées made with simple healthy ingredients and ready in less than an hour.