Bean and Sausage Soup

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Eating healthy today? Good for you. I’ll be jumping on the bandwagon along w/ you beginning this Saturday. More about that later. I can help you get your healthy thing going with a good, filling Bean and Sausage Soup recipe. Make this and you won’t feel so deprived on your healthy journey, I promise.

Bowl of Bean and Sausage Soup

This soup has stuff in it that will fill you up.  In a nice, comforting way that won’t make you feel bulgy or icky or fat. You’ll be stuffed after a bowl or two of Bean and Sausage Soup and you won’t break the calorie or your Weight Watchers Points bank.

ingredients needed for bean and sausage soup

Ingredients include carrots, onions, garlic,  kielbasa, chicken broth, pepper, salt, Italian seasoning, white beans and spinach.  

making Bean and Sausage Soup

How to make Bean and Sausage Soup:

Saute the onions, carrots and garlic.

making Bean and Sausage Soup

Add the kielbasa.  Cook some more.

adding broth to soup

Pour in the chicken broth.

adding spices to soup

Add the spices.

adding beans to soup

Pour in the beans, and heat up the soup.

making soup

Here’s the crazy part.  Take 2 cups of the soup out of the pot and blend it in your blender or food processor.

making Bean and Sausage Soup

Then pour it back into the soup.  It might seems a little strange to blend all of that up, but it gives the soup a nicer, more full-bodied, creamy texture.

making a pot of Bean and Sausage Soup

Stir in the spinach.  Done!

Bowl of Bean and Sausage Soup

One serving of this = 1 1/4 cups and it packs a small punch at 227 calories. This soup is Weight Watchers friendly too. Point values are included at the top of this post.

bowl of Bean and Sausage Soup

And if you’re not eating healthy… or not trying to eat healthy… or just want a good soup recipe for your chilly winter… you can still go for this one.  It’s not “trying” to be diet-food, it just happens to work out okay for that sort of thing.  It also happens to be (naturally) gluten-free too (see *Tips in the recipe).

As for me and the whole “healthy eating” thing… yeah, I’m jumping on the bandwagon along with the rest of the crazy people who think that the New Year is a good time to start. Don’t worry– I don’t focus on only diet recipes.  I’ve got a whole bunch of great recipes to share this year- desserts, dinners, soups, Super Bowl food… everything.  Happy New Year 🙂

Here are a few more soup recipes you might enjoy:

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Bean and Sausage Soup

Great, lighter soup recipe!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings 5 servings (1¼ cups per serving)
Calories 308kcal
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword bean and sausage soup, bean soup, sausage soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 ounces turkey kielbasa, halved lengthwise and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 4 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Two 15.8-ounce cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 6-ounce bag baby spinach leaves

Instructions

  • Spray a large saucepan with nonstick spray and heat to medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the kielbasa and sauté for 3 additional minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium; cook 5 minutes. Add the broth, seasonings and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Place 2 cups of the soup in a food processor or blender- be careful, and let it sit for a few minutes before blending as it will be hot! Process until smooth, then return the pureed mixture to the pan. Simmer the soup an additional 5 minutes. Remove the soup from heat and mix in the fresh spinach.

Notes

  • If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of kielbasa, broth and beans that are known to be GF.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1503mg | Potassium: 1080mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7524IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 8mg
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  • Andrea wrote:

    This recipe is one of our go-tos. My husband loves it and now my two kids (ages 4 and 2) also enjoy it. Such a winner. Thank you!!

  • Genevieve Giannini wrote:

    Any chance this could be made in a crock pot, simmered all day & skip the food processor/blender part?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Not sure- haven’t tried it that way!

  • Kelly Matthews wrote:

    This was delicious and the perfect dinner for our chilly day yesterday – thanks!

  • Mariel wrote:

    So good!! I did tofu instead (pressed dry and lightly pan fried) added a jalapeño, doubled Italian seasoning and garneshied with chives and parmesan! Yum!!!!

  • kay Anderson wrote:

    I have this cooking on my stove right now…the taste is amazing. I used dried soup beans which I soaked over night and then simmered in chicken broth…now I’m off to bake some crusty bread to eat with it. Thank you so much for this great recipe!

  • Shauna wrote:

    This is a REALLY GOOD soup. So delicious. It’s not too rich or too salty, just right. I used chicken stock instead of chicken broth.

  • Brenda Blackwell wrote:

    I made this last night for friends and family….RAVE reviews! It’s full bodied, warm and filling. This is sure to be a regular on my menu!

  • Emily wrote:

    This is my first venture from your site – The soup is delicious! I will definitely be coming back 🙂