Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard

Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard is a simple beans and greens soup to make on the stove, and it’s delicious with Parmesan added at the table. If you’d like a lower-carb soup just use less beans and more sausage and chard. 

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Long before I ever started thinking about watching my carbs, I was a big fan of turkey Italian Sausage, something I use in dishes like Sausage and Basil Marinara Sauce and Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce for Zucchini Noodles. This Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard soup also has Italian Sausage, but it’s very difference than those recipes, since there are no tomatoes.

The combination of sausage, beans, and greens was inspired by one I saw in a cookbook somewhere, but I only jotted down “sausage, beans, and escarole, soup” so I can’t tell you where I found it. However I can tell you it was a combination that really worked. When I created this recipe I had just picked the last of my Swiss Chard, and it was a bit chilly that day, so it seemed like this soup was a recipe whose time had come. Here are some highlights and step-by-step photos of how I made it. And check out my Salute to Swiss Chard for more Swiss Chard ideas!

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How to Make Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard:

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  1. Start chicken stock or broth simmering in a large pot, with dried herbs added.
  2. Squeeze turkey sausage out of casing and saute, breaking into small pieces.  Then add the cooked sausage to the soup pot and continue simmering.
  3. For added flavor, saute onions in the same pan as you browned the sausage, scraping the bottom to remove any browned sausage bits.
  4. Add beans, onion, and garlic to stock and continue to simmer.
  5. I originally created this recipe when I had garden chard, but this time I had to buy a bunch of Swiss chard, which looked like this.
  6. Cut them thick stems off the chard, then lay the leaves on top of each other and cut into ribbons that are about 1/2 inch wide. (Sometimes I cut them in half the other way if the leaves are big because I don’t like long pieces of greens in my soup.)
  7. After the soup has simmered about 30 minutes, add the chard and continue to simmer at least 10 minutes more, or until the chard is soft.
  8. Soup is done when greens are cooked and somewhat breaking apart and flavors are well blended.
  9. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

More Soups with Italian Sausage:

Spicy Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup
Yellow Split Pea Soup with Italian Sausage
Crockpot Sausage, Peppers, and Bean Stew
Lentil, Sausage, and Cabbage Soup

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Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

This Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard is simple to make and so delicious!


  • 8 cups chicken broth (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. ground fennel
  • 19.5 oz. package turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 2 T olive oil (to brown sausage and saute onions)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp. garlic puree
  • two 15 oz. cans white beans
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard, chopped
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. In large soup pot, put chicken stock (preferably homemade), dried basil, and ground fennel (affiliate link) and bring to a low simmer.
  2. Simmer broth and herbs while you prepare other ingredients.
  3. Squeeze sausage out of the casing and saute in 1 tablespoon 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.
  4. In the same pan saute onions until they are softened, adding 1 tablespoon more olive oil, or as needed. Scrape browned sausage bits off bottom of the pan as the onions cook.
  5. When onions are soft, add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. Add the beans with juice, rinsing out each can with about 1/4 cup water and continue to let the soup simmer.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Serve soup hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add to each bowl.
  11. If you happen to have a Parmesan rind in the fridge, add it to the soup when you first start simmering for added flavor.


I would definitely use homemade chicken stock if you have it, but you can also use four cans of chicken broth and a little water to make 8 cups. You can use any turkey or chicken sausage you prefer, but I like this soup with hot turkey Italian sausage.

This soup freezes well, although you may not have any left!

Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from a cookbook which can’t be credited because I didn’t write down the name.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1441mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 7gSugar: 2gProtein: 29g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard is good for any low-glycemic diet, including any phase of the original South Beach Diet. Soup with beans is too high in carbs for low-carb diets, but you could make a good soup with much less carbs by using less beans and more sausage and chard.

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