Dinner Soup (aka Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup)

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Kiwi and I have a longstanding debate about whether or not soup is a suitable dinner food.

And since I’m posting this recipe for “Dinner Soup” you can probably guess who won this argument.

I will admit that some lighter brothy soups don’t quite stand up to the end-of-day hungers. But this is hungry man (and woman and child) soup, packed with flavourful sausage (nod to Kiwi), lotsa veg, filling white beans, and wholesome greens. It’s homemade “soup that eats like a meal“.

If even a hearty soup isn’t enough to fuel the hungriest members of your family, you can round out the meal with a filling side: garlic bread, tortilla chips and guacamole, a caesar salad, or a meat/cheese/cracker/veg plate.

This soup can absolutely be made in advance if you like to do things that way. I will often make it on a Sunday afternoon and tuck it into the fridge for a super quick Monday or Tuesday dinner. It also freezes really well.

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Dinner Soup (Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup)
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (avocado, grapeseed or olive oil)
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, cut into one-inch chunks (see note below)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green or red pepper, chopped
  • 3-4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock (see note below)
  • 1 small 398 ml (14 oz) can whole tomatoes in juices
  • ½ tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 1 small 398 ml (14 oz) can white kidney (cannellini) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small bunch of kale or swiss chard, removed from the stem and coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven set over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sausage pieces; cook for about two minutes or until it starts to brown, then flip the pieces over and let them brown on the other side.
  3. Remove the sausage to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the onion, carrots, red or green pepper, celery and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the chicken stock, the sausage (along with any accumulated juices), the tomatoes (squeezing the whole tomatoes between your fingers to break them up) and the herbes de Provence.
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are soft and the sausages are cooked through.
  7. Add the cannellini beans and kale or swiss chard and cook until beans are warmed through and the greens are wilted.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese sprinkled over top.
If you or your kids can't manage spicy Italian sausage, use a milder Italian sausage instead.
I like to use homemade chicken stock (see here for instructions to make your own from a roast chicken carcass), but low sodium stock from a box will work just fine in this recipe.




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  4. Rachel Edington March 28, 2015 at 3:38 am #

    All the best makings of a delicious soup! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. Ali the Skinny GF Chef March 27, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Gorgeous and so healthy! I think I’ll go make a pot now!

  6. Alyssa @ Simply Quinoa March 26, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    It’s feels like we’re finally over the edge and drifting into Spring, but man has it taken a long time. We’re still getting cold nights though, so I could really go for a hearty bowl of soup like this. Sounds yum!

  7. Teresa March 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    I love soup for dinner, but that may be a Vancouver thing – nothing chases away the damp like a good bowl of soup. I love how healthy and hearty your soup looks.

  8. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva@gmail.com March 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    This looks like a perfect winter warming soup! My local store makes a great Italian sausage, pinned!

  9. Amanda Paa March 23, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    it just snowed four inches here – i NEED soup for dinner! 😉 this has such beautiful colors too. i think you win the debate.

    • Sarah March 23, 2015 at 10:32 am #

      Ugh it’s RIDICULOUSLY cold here today so I feel your pain. So much for “spring”!

  10. Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 21, 2015 at 12:00 am #

    Oh how I love soup for dinner! I would eat it all year ’round, but my hubby only really likes it in the fall and winter. This soup sounds amazing!

  11. Michelle March 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    I really need to stop coming by your blog when I am starving! This soup looks amazing, and while I’ll probably substitute spinach for kale (not a huge fan) but the sausage and beans are spot on! Sausages in my bowl, veggie mince in the family’s 🙂

  12. Aimee @ Simple Bites March 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    I could go for a bowl or two of this hearty soup. Love that you threw some kale in there at the end. Delish!

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