Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spinach, White Bean & Chicken Sausage Soup

Around our house this afternoon, homework kept the daughter-chef out of the kitchen, so I had to fly solo.

Tonight's recipe is another one we got from Jaime & Jen Dish, and they got it from Closet Cooking, SO we were confident it would be a winner!

We weren't disappointed. Dear Husband said, "This is a KEEPER!" yay!!!

Soup Ingredients
olive oil
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage*, casing removed & crumbled
1 onion**, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
4 cups chicken stock
1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1 teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf
1 bunch spinach, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
* we used Trader Joe's Sweet Italian CHICKEN sausage (simply because I couldn't find turkey)
** we used nearly 1 1/2 - two different types, just for flavor
Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in soup pot/kettle on medium-high heat, add sausage & cook until no longer pink.

once the sausage is cooked...set aside.
To bring down the fat content of this dish, we transferred our cooked sausage to a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb the extra grease that drained off the meat.

Heat a fresh Tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan, add the onion & saute it until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic & red chile pepper flakes. Saute another minute.
Add the reserved, cooked sausage, stock, beans, oregano, and bay leaf. Salt & pepper to taste.
Taste! Taste! Taste! at this point, and adjust flavor(s) as needed. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the spinach and simmer until it wilts. Add the lemon juice & remove from heat.

spoon into big soup bowl


  1. and it was soooo yummy too!

  2. That looks like it smells delicious!

  3. I bought all the ingredients to make this soup, I can't wait!

  4. mmmmmm.....YUMMY!!! Can't wait to hear how it come out for you, Jen!! It's sooooooo yummy!

  5. Isn't this soup great? Would be great to bring in a thermos to convention!

  6. J & J - you are SO right! This would be great at convention! Usually, we just take crackers, cheese, grapes & boiled eggs, but I think I may just plan for this soup this year, since we have a four-day International this year. :-}


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