White Bean, Sausage and Spinach Soup

For us this was white bean, sausage and broccoli soup since I didn’t have any spinach!  The recipe comes from the November 18, 2011 issue of “All You” magazine.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 (14 oz) turkey kielbasa or other smoked sausage, cut into 2″ pieces

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed

3 cups low sodium chicken broth

2 (15 oz each) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

4 cups baby spinach, kale or collard greens

salt and pepper

1  Warm olive oil over medium heat.  Add sausage and cook, stirring, until browned all over, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.  Discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat from pot.  Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes.

2  Return sausage to pot and add chicken broth, 3 cups water and beans (I added the broccoli here too).  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir in spinach until wilted, about 1 – 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

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