Italian Sausage, Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

Italian Sausage, Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 dried bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 cups chicken stock
1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans
1 bunch kale, tough ribs removed, chopped
Grated parmigiano-reggiano and more crushed red pepper flakes, for serving


Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium high. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking into chunks with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage to a bowl and set aside.

Add the onion and carrots to the pot and saute until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, bay leaves, pepper, salt and crushed red pepper flakes and saute 1 minute more.

Pour in the 1/2 cup white wine, scraping up all the bits from the bottom of the pot. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the wine is nearly absorbed. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, cannellini beans and reserved sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes.

Turn the heat down to low. Discard the bay leaves. Add the kale and stir for a couple of minutes, until just wilted.

Serve immediately with grated cheese and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.


I recently made my zuppa toscana with cannellini beans instead of potatoes, just to test it out, and loved it. Then my friend Ashliegh posted a photo recently of a similar soup with no dairy and added carrots and tomato. Somewhere in there, between the two, I decided to make this concoction.

It turned out soooo so good. Delicious, easy, hearty and healthy. Doesn’t get any better.


3 thoughts on “Italian Sausage, Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

  1. Oh, I can taste the flavors just reading through the ingredients. The sausage, broth, wine, and red pepper flakes. Mouth is watering! Of course, the kids would never touch this with a ten foot pole. Looks like it would be easy enough to halve the recipe for me and Pau, though. Cannellini beans…sigh.


  2. First bite straight from the pot last night and I was like “oh yeah.” It's like something Mario would make while touting the virtue of Italian simplicity.

    Totally my kind of soup. And yours. 😉


  3. Oh, ha. Mario. Yes, I can totally see/hear him. This is right up his alley. I could see him making it with some type of fish, too. Gaaawd. Is it dinner time yet??


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