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White Bean, Sage, and Sausage Soup

Photo: Brian Woodcock, Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

 

Hands-on time 16 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield

Serves 8 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

The perfect simple dinner on a busy night, this soup gets a double hit of fennel essence from chopped fennel bulb and the fennel seeds that flavor the sausage. Enjoy half for dinner tonight, and spoon half into a freezer bag to make life easier another night.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 20 ounces hot Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 cups chopped plum tomato
  • 4 (14.5-ounce) cans organic cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 282
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 2.1 g
  • protein 23.9 g
  • carbohydrate 26.4 g
  • fiber 6.9 g
  • cholesterol 60 mg
  • iron 3.6 mg
  • sodium 591 mg
  • calcium 90 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat; cook 10 minutes or until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender, stirring to crumble sausage. Add sage and tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add stock; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add tomato and beans, and cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, or follow freezing instructions.

  2. TO FREEZE: Cool soup to room temperature; seal in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Lay bag flat in freezer; freeze up to 2 months.

  3. TO THAW: Microwave soup in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) for 4 minutes or until pliable.

  4. TO REHEAT: Pour soup into a Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated (about 20 minutes).

Cook's Notes

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