Hearty Sausage and Bean Soup


Introduction: Warm up your soul with a bowl of Hearty Sausage and Bean Soup. This robust and flavorful soup combines savory sausage, tender beans, and aromatic vegetables in a rich, comforting broth. Perfect for chilly nights or when you need a wholesome, satisfying meal, this soup is sure to become a family favorite.

Hearty Sausage and Bean Soup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving size: 1 bowl (about 350ml)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sodium: 980mg


  • 300g (10.5oz) Italian sausage, sliced
  • 1 can (400g or 14oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (400g or 14oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large onion, chopped (approx. 150g or 5.3oz)
  • 2 carrots, diced (approx. 120g or 4.2oz)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced (approx. 100g or 3.5oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (400g or 14oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 liters (6 cups) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage slices and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the sausage and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, thyme, oregano, smoked paprika, and bay leaf. Cook for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  4. Add the chicken broth, cannellini beans, and kidney beans to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Return the sausage to the pot and simmer for an additional 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a variety of beans to add different textures and flavors to the soup.
  • If you prefer a spicier soup, use hot Italian sausage or add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • For a thicker soup, mash some of the beans against the side of the pot before adding the sausage back in.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I make this soup ahead of time? Yes, this soup can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Can I freeze Sausage and Bean Soup? Absolutely! Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove.
  3. What other vegetables can I add? Feel free to add spinach, kale, or zucchini for added nutrients and flavor.
  4. Can I use dried beans instead of canned? Yes, but you'll need to soak and cook them beforehand. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Enjoy a comforting bowl of Hearty Sausage and Bean Soup, perfect for any occasion. This delicious and nutritious dish combines the richness of sausage with the wholesome goodness of beans, creating a meal that will warm you from the inside out. Whether for a cozy family dinner or a hearty lunch, this soup is a wonderful addition to your recipe collection.