Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup with Kale
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup dried white beans, such as great northern, cannelini or navy (2 15-ounce cans, drained, can be substituted: see note)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 8 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound Italian style chicken sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 cups thinly sliced (stems removed), "lacinato" (also called Tuscan or dinosaur) kale
  • ½ teaspoon oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Put the beans in a soup pot; cover with cold water by one or two inches. Bring to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes; turn off heat and cover the pot. Let the beans soak at least one hour and up to two hours. Drain beans and set aside.
  2. In the same soup pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat; add onions and garlic and cook and stir until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add chicken broth, drained beans, salt, thyme, sage and bay leaf; bring to a simmer; cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. While beans are simmering, remove sausage from casing. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat; add sausage and cook and stir breaking up into pieces until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, kale, cooked sausage, oregano and fennel to the beans; simmer 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Serve with grated Parmesan sprinkled on top.
If substituting canned beans for dried beans, add drained, canned beans to the onions, along with the chicken broth and herbs. Simmer 15 minutes, then add tomatoes, kale, cooked sausage, garlic, oregano and fennel and follow the reminder of the recipe.
Recipe by A Year at the Table at http://ayearatthetable.com/tuscan-white-bean-and-sausage-soup-with-kale/