I am a soup person and crave it all the time. In the summer I will take all the vegetables we have in our garden and create a spicy vegetable soup. On colder days, like last night when it was windy and chilly, I like comforting soup. The best thing about soup is that it takes minutes to prepare and is healthy.
I stock my pantry with white beans (navy beans) and we always have spinach and tomatoes in our fridge. For this Smoked Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach soup I just need to run to the store and buy smoked or italian sausage. Give it a try and tell me what you think.
1 Tablespoon olive oil 13 oz. smoked sausage (chicken, turkey or beef) 1 yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes 2 (15 oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 4 cups (32 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth 10 oz. fresh baby spinach Salt and pepper, to taste Grated parmesan cheese, for serving, optional.
Directions for making the Soup:
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add sausage and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned. Add onions and garlic; cook 2-3 minutes, until soft and fragrant.
Stir in thyme leaves, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, beans and chicken broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 25-30 minutes. Stir in spinach during last 5 minutes of cooking. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon into serving bowls and top with grated parmesan cheese, if desired.
(Recipe is from The Comfort of Cooking-Simple Seasonal Delicious)
What soups do you swear by?