If its soup weather where you live you have to make this soup! We loved the combination of sweet butternut squash, potatoes, onions, green beans, cannellini beans, sweet Italian sausage and the earthy goodness of chopped kale. On top of the outstanding flavor,this soup is a powerhouse of fiber,vitamins and good nutrition!
As in most soup recipes you don’t have to have the exact ingredients I used. For instance if you don’t have kale use spinach, no cannellini beans go ahead and use any white bean, no orzo pasta – use mini shells. You get the idea.
Enough said. Get out your soup pot and let’s get cooking!
This is one of those soups that is even better the second day!
Italian Sausage Bean Soup with Kale
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 cup onion — chopped
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups butternut squash, peeled — cubed
- 3 cups russet potatoes, peeled– cubed
- 1 cup green beans — cut in 1″ pieces (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup carrots — diced
- 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend or to your taste
- 4 cups kale – chopped, (remove the center stem as it is tough)
- 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Orzo or other small pasta
- 1- 15 ounce canned cannelini beans — rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 – 14.5 ounce canned tomato sauce
- 1 – 14.5 ounce canned diced tomatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 each – Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage Links, sliced into coins or half moons. (I used al fresco brand, 130 cal per link)
1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat, add onion saute 3-4 minutes, add garlic, saute 1-2 minutes longer or until tender.
2. Add broth, squash, potatoes, green beans, carrots and Italian seasoning blend. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 30 -40 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
3. Add chopped kale, orzo, beans, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and sliced sausages. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 15 -20 minutes or until kale and orzo are completely cooked.
4. If soup is too thick add more broth. Serve with a hearty bread and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan Cheese if desired.
Makes 12 Servings about 1.5 cups each.
Per Serving (excluding optional cheese): 222 Calories; 5g Fat (21.5% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 32g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber .
Old WWP 4 / New WWPP 5
Thank you everyone for the comments and congratulations on my one year blog anniversary! A few blog readers posted comments for the first time and that made my day. Thank you!
I recently purchased the new Mastercook 11 Software for figuring the nutritional information of recipes. I am really slow at using it but I must say it is nice to be able to plug in a recipe I have created or one I have altered and be able to calculate the nutritional information and from there I can figure out the Weight Watcher Points Plus numbers. Very cool.
In checking some of the recipes I have posted over the past year I was surprised but delighted to discover that some of my favorite dessert recipes only went up one point with the new WWPP program. I love the new WWPP program.
The sun is shining here in Northern California today. I soaked up the warmth on my walk this morning! After many days of overcast dreary weather it is a welcome sight and put a smile on my face.
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