Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings

Fresh herbs are added after the soup cooks so they'll retain their bright color and flavor. You can substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs for each tablespoon fresh, but add them with the tomatoes. Serve with a toasted baguette.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and 2 teaspoons garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 4 bowls, and sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese.

Step 2

Wine note: This delicious soup needs a wine that's crisp and medium-bodied, such as a California pinot gris (aka pinot grigio). The wine's crispness balances the richness of the sausage and the density of the beans. At the same time, the wine's body is substantial enough to stand up to the weight of those ingredients. Try Morgan Pinot Gris "R & D Franscioni Vineyard" 2006 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California), $ -Karen MacNeil

Ratings & Reviews

A new favorite

September 29, 2015
Easy, nutritious, tasty and inexpensive from non-seasonal ingredients. I could not ask for more in a recipe! I wanted to try this because it sounded so easy and accessible. My family loved it! I had fresh herbs on hand but bet it is good with dried too. Thank you!

veryslowcook's Review

March 01, 2015
This came out thick and flavorful, but I added extra broth so I could cook it quite a while longer (probably 45-50 min). I used 2 kinds of turkey sausage (we don't care for sweet Italian), dried herbs, and diced tomatoes. I doubled the recipe and froze some for later. I'd make the same adjustments in the future.

kmeida26's Review

June 06, 2014
Tasted it right after it was cooked, tasted sort of bland... but the next day all the flavors blended well. Easy to make, simple ingredients, would make again. I used fresh onions, dried herbs and no romano cheese.

Pogogirl's Review

March 15, 2014
Very good. Will definitely make again.

gcatkids's Review

February 09, 2014
Very good prepared as written. Extremely fast to put together,just not very filling.

ChefKiki's Review

January 19, 2014
So simple and delicious! Used hot chicken sausage but kept everything else the same.

NancySF's Review

November 25, 2013
I used fresh onions and garlic but did not have fresh hearbs; substituted kale for spinach, since that's what we had in the house, and added some noodles at the last minute. wonderful on a cold night.

wendlin's Review

November 19, 2013
Very easy recipe to follow and make. Amazing taste, everyone loves this soup! Definitely one to hang onto and make again.

RailGrl's Review

December 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this soup. I have made it twice now and it has even impressed my guests. It was just as delicious from the freezer. I used dried italian seasonings and it was great - it would be truly fantastic with fresh herbs. I love the fact that the recipe isn't too large - it really does make four servings, so if you are looking for left-overs to freeze be sure to double up.

Moniac's Review

November 10, 2012
Great soup! Quick & easy and when made with fresh herbs, definitely worthy for company.