Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This recipe was in a little recipe pamphlet DH received in the mail. I added extra seasonings and increased the cooking times. I served it with hot crusty sourdough bread and it made a wonderful cold weather soup. As an added bonus using canned beans makes it a very quick and easy dish to put together. I like using the parmesean cheese and DH likes the extra "kick" of the crushed red peppers.
- 3 (15 1/2 ounce) cans white beans (not dried, I use Great Northern)
- 1 (1 lb) package bulk Italian sausage, casing removed
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 celery rib, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- crushed dried red pepper (optional)
- Drain beans in colander and remove 1 1/2 cups beans and place in mixing bowl.
- Using a potato masher or the back of a spoon mash beans to a fairly smooth consistency then set aside.
- In large skillet cook sausage over medium heat breaking up into small pieces until browned.
- Remove sauage from skillet and place on paper towels to absorb grease.
- In heavy dutch oven or stock pot heat oil over medium heat.
- Add chopped onions, carrots and celery to hot oil and cook until softened, about 20-25 minutes.
- Add broth, whole beans and minced garlic to vegetable mixture.
- Bring to a simmer, lower heat and stir in cooked sausage and reserved mashed beans.
- Add seasonings, cover and simmer gently over medium heat for about 30 minutes.
- Add heavy cream and cook covered over low heat for about 10 minutes.
- Place in bowls and sprinkle with grated parmesean cheese and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
DH and I both thought the cream made a really great difference in this soup. <br/><br/>I didn't quite have the right ingredients on hand. I had smoked sausage that I browned in the Dutch oven, removed with a slotted spoon, then cooked the vegetables in the fat from the sausage (for 10 minutes). I added garlic at this point and cooked for a minute or so before deglazing the pan with some wine. I then followed the recipe exactly (except I only had two cans of white beans on hand). I was adjusting the seasoning (salt and pepper) and thought it could use "something". That thought disappeared when I added the cream. Perfection! <br/><br/>This recipe is a keeper!
great soup with or without the sausage. i made it in two batches; one with and one without. both were excellent. the sausage batch did have a more complete and deep flavor, but the meatless one stood well on its own. easy recipe to follow; not terribly expensive either. the only change i made was to use light cream rather than the heavy whipping cream as that is what i had on hand. very nice soup; i did add the crushed red pepper. thanks for sharing.