Struck in a rut thinking what to make for dinner? Looking for an easy fare? Then here is a comfort food which the whole family will love. It is a simple one-pot meal but at the same time comes with a really deep intense flavor.
The recipe is amazingly delicious for something so simple. The soup has basic ingredients in it which are married together to create a flavor explosion. To boot, this comforting soup is made in the slow cooker and is a highly-satiating one.
Indeed, the soup is the perfect fare you can have in your meal repertoire for hectic days. The slow cooker will do all the work which means you can just leave and come back to enjoy the delicacy later.
Since the soup simmers for a long time, the flavors of all the simple ingredients shine together to makes it scrumptious. On top, it is loaded with veggies, beans, and sausages which makes it rich in nutrients like fiber, carbs, and proteins.
Alongside, the addition of sausage is great as these are a shortcut for building taste since the sausages are already loaded with flavors. The recipe is definitely a keeper. The soup is the perfect meal for weeknight dinners or to feed a crowd. A hearty soup to warm the body and soul.
How to Make Sausage & White Bean Soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 ×12.8 oz package smoked Andouille sausage, pre-cooked & sliced thinly
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 onion, large & diced
- Pinch of Italian seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- Sprigs of thyme, as needed
- 2 × 15 oz cans great Northern beans, drained & washed
- 3 carrots, peeled & diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- ½ tsp oregano, dried
- Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Pasta of your choice, optional
Method of Preparation
Start by heating a large skillet over medium-high heat and once it is hot, spoon in the olive oil.
To this, add the sausages and cook them for 4 minutes or until they are lightly browned while stirring it continuously.
Next, stir in carrots, bay leaves, sausage, oregano, onion, celery, and garlic into the slow cooker. Mix. Tip: For this, you can use a 6-quat slow cooker.
After that, pour the chicken stock along with two cups of water into the slow cooker. Stir.
Then spoon in salt and pepper to it. Close the lid.
Finally, cook them for 7 ½ to 8 hours on low heat or for 3 ½ to 4 hours on high heat.
If you prefer to make it more filling, you can add pasta to it and cook for 10 minutes so that they remain al dente.
Add the spinach and thyme. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted. Discard the bay leaves. Tip: If you are serving later, then add the spinach about fifteen to twenty minutes before you are serving.
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Sausage & White Bean Soup Tips
Sausage & White Bean Soup FAQ
For best results, follow the recipe as it is.
However, some common substitutes would work well in this recipe. They are:
How can you make the soup a spicy one?
You could sauté the onion and then add chopped jalapeno chili to it. Or you could add a can of spicy diced tomatoes to it. But then, if you are looking for a mild spiciness, you can add red chili pepper flakes while sautéing the onions.
How can you make the soup spicier?
To make the soup spicier, you can add half and half to it for more creaminess just 5 minutes before the cooking finishes. But then if you prefer it make it less fattening, you can either use evaporated milk or low-fat half and half.
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