White Bean Soup with Chicken Sausage

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Today the high temperature in New York City today was, oh, 24 degrees and that’s being generous (not that I expect all of you in Chicago to pity us AT ALL). If you ask me, it’s perfect weather. Perfect weather if you plan not to leave your house. Perfect weather to make white soup with chicken sausage. Because sometimes, leaving the house might be appealing, but since I do have a job and a social life and all of that good stuff (seriously! I do!) not leaving the house is usually isn’t an option.

white bean soup

When I walk to the bus to work in the morning, it’s usually not without an extra-hot latte in hand and as soon as I get to work, breakfast is hot oatmeal with brown sugar or maple syrup. Even though I’ve yet to use my fireplace in the year-plus that I’ve lived in my apartment, I have a hard time staying warm when the temperatures hit freezing.

Enter, soup. I could eat soup every day and not get bored. There are endless combinations and so many unlikely flavors that taste great together. This year, I discovered how much I like white beans, particularly cannellini beans. They’re full of protein and fiber and have a great consistency blended in dips or soups and are just as tasty in salad, spinach salads in particular.

I found this recipe at Kalyn’s Kitchen and I will admit, when it was cooking I was skeptical. Kalyn mentioned that it would have a thick, stew-like consistency but mine was, quite simply, soup. Racheael Ray would probably call it “stoup” but I think that’s ridiculous.

I can’t figure out what I did that left my dish a soup when I set out for a stew, because I didn’t change the amount of liquids from Kalyn’s recipe, but it turned out great and I would make it again, one way or another. You can find the original recipe here, but I made a few modifications.

white bean soup

White Bean and Chicken Sausage Soup
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Recipe type: Worknight Dinners, Cooking for a Crowd
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • 4 links Aidell's Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage (or any pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage)
  • 2-3 teaspoons olive oil (use more or less, depending on your pan)
  • ½ large onion, choppped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite dice tomatoes with juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried Greek or Italian oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 cups chicken broth or homemade chicken stock
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh grated parmesan for serving (optional, but good)
Instructions
  1. Put 2 cans white beans into colander placed in the sink. Rinse well with cold water, until no more foam appears, and let beans drain.
  2. While beans are draining cut sausage into half lengthwise, then cut into half-moon shaped slices. Heat about one teaspoon olive oil in a heavy dutch oven or soup pot, then sauté sausage until well browned, about five minutes. When sausage is well-browned, remove to bowl, then add chopped onion and sauté about two minutes, adding more oil if needed. After 2 minutes, add chopped garlic and sauté about two minutes more.
  3. Add tomatoes and juice, dried oregano, dried marjoram, and chicken stock to pot with onions and garlic. Add sausage back to pot, then cook at very low simmer about 30 minutes, until flavors are well blended and liquid is slightly reduced. After 30 minutes. add drained beans and simmer about 15 minutes more.
  4. When beans have simmered 15 minutes, add chopped basil and balsamic vinegar and simmer five minutes more. Taste beans for seasoning and add salt and fresh ground black pepper as desired. Serve hot, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    pinknest
    January 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    mmm…one of my favorite combinations! i love cold weather, mainly for the stews and soups!

  • Reply
    Run DMT
    January 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’m making this soup for dinner this week. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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    kate
    January 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Oh Maris….24 ABOVE? That’s tropical to us hearty Minnesotans who endured an entire week of sub-zero temps (read 26 BELOW one morning)
    Keeping warm is an art form for us. Turn on the oven, wrap up in another layer of wool or fleece and dream of summahtime.

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    Jude
    January 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    It makes me cringe whenever she says stoup and sammies.
    To stay warm this month, I’m baking bread. Lots of bread. The crusty kinds where lots of steam is needed 🙂

  • Reply
    Kalyn
    January 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I have no idea what would have been different, but glad you liked it.

  • Reply
    magda
    January 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’m seriously in love with your photos. You really have talent there!
    I, too, have been living on soups. I usually make a big batch of something on the weekend, then freeze most of the leftovers into lunch-sized containers. I’ll pull them out and mix-and-match for the week; the one thing I hate about cooking for one is that I usually end up eating the same thing every day, day after day.

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    Melissa
    January 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

    its cold here too in MA. I’ve been making soups myself- 12 bean, lentil, and sweet potato -and I keep a extra supply of throw blankets in the living room. Oh, and a glass of red wine can warm you up like nobody’s business when even eating soup under a blanket doesn’t do it.

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    E.P.
    January 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Wow. 24 degrees as a high temp? That kinda hurts my Southern soul a little bit.
    I love soup, though, and whenever it’s chilly outside, you can bet that’s what I’m making! I’ll have to try this sometime!

  • Reply
    My Carolina Kitchen
    January 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

    That soup looks sooooo good. I’m crazy for bean soups anyway. It’s been cold in the mountains too but warm (48 and rising) and sunny today. Your pictures are terrific. I enjoy your blog.
    Sam, My Carolina Kitchen

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    Pam
    January 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

    24 seems down right balmy. Maybe that’s because I’ve been suffering here in Chicago. Though it was in the 30s today and it actually felt warm, how sad it that? That soup looks amazing by the way!
    Oh and I tagged you for an award on my site…I love your blog! 🙂

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    Cate O'Malley
    January 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Looks like perfect food. These latest temps feel positively balmy compared to what it’s been doing lately. Spring, bring it on!

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    lisa (dandysugar)
    January 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

    This soup sounds so warm and perfect. Perfect for a freezing day!
    24 degrees? Are ya kiddin me? I love NY but I’ve only been during the summer.

  • Reply
    Heather
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    mmm. i love making this stew (or at least one very similar). i’ve never added tomatoes, it sounds delicious. i’ll definitely have to try it!

  • Reply
    KC
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    YUM! I also love soup and could eat it every day. And that’s a bummer about the 24 degrees. It’s about 68 here today with an 80% chance of rain. But I don’t mind. Yay SoCal! 😉

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    Melissa
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I remember just seeing that recipe from Kalyn. I took note because I have a bunch of cannellini beans in my house right now and need ideas.
    I don’t have to stay warm. I’m in SoCal. Sorry! 😛

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    Erin
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Yum! I am making a casserole this weekend with turkey sausage cannellini beans!
    To stay warm? I cuddle up as close as I can to my “personal space heater”, aka- my boyfriend.

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    kat
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    That is my kind of soup! The difference in the amount of liquid maybe because you used canned beans. Dried beans probably would have absorbed more of the liquid during cooking. Its so cold here I’m just hiding out in my warm upstairs craft room.

  • Reply
    Mandy
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    You have a fireplace and you have never used it? To stay warm I usually curl up with my favorite blanket.

  • Reply
    Jamie
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Love beans and this looks like a great dish for winter!

  • Reply
    Heidi Renée
    January 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    No snow in NYC? Too bad.
    I need to get around to trying cannellini beans soon.

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