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Hearty and filling White Bean, Chicken Sausage 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.
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.
Chicken sausage and white bean soup include a vegetable 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, increasing saturated fat. Processing the beans gives the soup a creamy appearance like you added cream. I use an immersion blender #ad, but you can do this with a tabletop food processor, 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.
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 homemade 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 in case I am out. I prefer it over the canned broths.
Want to make your own broth? Try my recipe for Slow Cooker Bone Broth.
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 add a second can if you prefer.
Looking for more chicken dishes? Check out my post on Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes. Chicken entrées with simple healthy ingredients and ready in less than an hour.
Step 1. Chop carrots, celery, onion, and kale. Mince garlic. Set aside.
Step 2. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat.
Step 3. Add carrots and saute for 3 minutes. Then add celery and onion. Stir and saute for 3 minutes.
Step 4. Add garlic. Stir so the garlic does not burn.
Step 5. Add 7 cups of broth to the stockpot. Reserve one cup of broth in a medium bowl for use later.
Step 6. Bring ingredients in the stockpot to a boil over medium heat.
Step 7. Add kale and sliced sausage and remaining spices to the stockpot.
Step 8. Rinse beans under water. Add 1/3 can of beans to the bowl with reserved broth. Pulse with an immersion blender. Add processed beans and the remaining can of beans to the stockpot.
Step 9. Lower heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes until vegetables are tender and kale is soft. Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, an Italian Spice Mix is a combination of dried oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage.
In this soup recipe, you can substitute a 1/4 teaspoon of each to replace the Italian Spice Mix.
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