Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check to make sure the sausage is gluten-free (Applegate Farms breakfast sausage is gluten-free.)


"There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can." -Laurie Colwin

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is a great example of how much a little bit of sausage can go a long way to add a lot of flavor. A bean soup with the Tuscan style seasonings is great on its own, but adding just a bit of sausage can really ramp up the savory flavors.

Choose sausage wisely. It is not something you should be eating every day, and the additives, such as nitrites, are not great for us. Applegate Farms makes pretty good sausages. They are reasonably priced, widely available, lower in sodium, and they are antibiotic and preservative free. The flavor of their products is great. Each link is about a half ounce and that makes them easy to measure.

Using the liquid from the canned beans makes this a thicker and creamier soup. Simmering this soup for at least an hour lets the beans cook well and soften a bit and also helps the soup thicken up.  As with almost any soup, it is better the next day, so always make a double batch.


White Bean Soup with Sausage

Servings: 4 | Serving size: 2 cups soup

Cooking Time: 120 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and makes great leftovers.

White Bean Soup with Sausage


Place the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the sausage and cook for about 3 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the sliced onions and cook for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the celery and carrots. Cook for about 3 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the oregano, sage, paprika, fennel, salt, pepper, water, and white beans.

Cover, and when the soup begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.

Simmer partially covered for 90 minutes. Stir occasionally.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 cups

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 329 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g 12%
    Saturated Fat 3g 14%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin K 27mcg