Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard
(This is an old recipe that has been removed from my site. I am leaving the printer-friendly version of the recipe here for anyone who was a fan.)
Italian Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard
8 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade, but you could use canned
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. ground fennel
3-5 links turkey Italian Sausage (hot or mild, but I prefer hot)
1-2 T olive oil (to brown sausage and saute onions)
1 medium onion, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
1 tsp. garlic puree or finely chopped garlic
2 cans small white beans (with juice)
Swiss chard (or your favorite greens) – enough to make about 4 large handfuls of chard ribbons
freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving
In large soup pot, put chicken stock, dried basil, and ground fennel and bring to a low simmer. Simmer broth and herbs while you prepare other ingredients.Squeeze sausage out of the casing and saute in small amount of olive oil until sausage is well browned, breaking up with the back of metal turner as it browns. Remove the browned sausage and add it to the simmering soup pot.In the same pan saute onions until they are softened, adding more olive oil if needed. Scrape browned sausage bits off bottom of the pan as the onions cook. When onions are soft, add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes. Add onions and garlic to the soup pot, then deglaze the pan with about 1/2 cup water, scrape off browned bits in the bottom of the pan, and add that to the soup pot.
Add the beans with juice, rinsing out each can with about 1/4 cup water and continue to let the soup simmer.
Wash chard well, cut off stems, lay about six leaves on top of each other, fold in half lengthwise, and cut into ribbons about 1/2 inch wide. I like to cut the ribbons into smaller lengths so you don’t get long pieces of chard which are hard to get into the spoon.
When the soup has simmered at least 30 minutes, add chard ribbons and simmer about 10 minutes more, or until chard is softened and flavors are well blended. Serve soup hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add to each bowl.
If you happen to have a Parmesan rind in the fridge, add it to the soup when you first start simmering for added flavor.
This soup freezes well, although you may not have any left!
39 Comments on “Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard”
This soup is delicious! I found the recipe while looking for ways to use the swiss chard we grew in our Fall garden. Also used my husband's venison Italian sausage. It's one of our new favorites!
Thanks Susan, glad you liked it!
Val, so happy to hear that. I think chard is really under-appreciated, but I'd love this with kale or spinach as well.
I've made this quite a few times since you first published the recipe and I have to say it's one of my favourite soups ever! I've made it with various subs, depending on what I had on hand, and it's always delicious 🙂
Thanks, hope you enjoy it.
I love the pictures. Have never had Chard but the recipe looks delicious. I love beans and sausage so hopefully chard too. I look forward to seeing more.
Judith, glad to hear you all enjoyed it!
This soup was an absolute hit with all my friends. I've been handing out the recipe left and right. I'd never eaten hot Italian turkey sausage before, but it added a tremendous amount of flavor to the dish. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Sarah, so glad you liked it. And I do love collard greens!
Just made the soup…omg, delicious! I used Jennie-O ground italian sausage and collard greens (couldn't find chard at my market). It was really terrific! Looking forward to lunches all week with this!!! So much flavor!
When I saw the photo I feel hungry and I want to eat it.You know what I did? I cook my own sausage and I am going to post it on my blog.
Healthful, economical, easy and most of all– delicious. Perfect for this weekend.
This is just about my favourite soup 🙂 I've also made something that sort of combines this with your gr.turkey/bean/green chile stew. Between the 2 recipes I could prob'ly eat all winter!
I answered your question in the earlier comment. I do NOT give permission for my recipes and photos to be reproduced together anywhere else. You are welcome to use the photo with a link to the recipe on my site, but that is all.
What a hearty bowl of soup! Italian sausage, beans, chard, etc. – I know I will love this soup.
This is such an ideal winter supper. I love beans and chard in soup and this looks fabulous!
Sissy, so glad you're enjoying the blog and having such a good experience on South Beach. I get that fantastic feeling when I do phase one too. Best wishes for lots of success!
Made this soup today, 5 stars! Subbed kale for chard because I had kale, not chard!
Day 4 of Phase 1 and have never felt better in my life. If Day 4 feels like this, I cannot wait to see how this works out! Your website has been an inspiration for us, we'd like to thank you!