Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage

Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage and Cannellini BeansI can’t believe it’s November already, it really snuck up on us! So in a similar fashion to my October pumpkin posts (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), let’s ring in the holiday season and break out the turkey recipes! To start, I made a hearty Italian winter soup. Sliced turkey sausage and cannellini beans are added making it satisfying enough to be a filling and healthy meal.

For the recipe I added bowtie pasta and spinach leaves but whole wheat pasta or kale will also taste great for an even healthier and heartier dish. And if you don’t have fresh tomatoes, canned diced tomatoes are fine.

Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage and Cannellini Beans

Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage and Cannellini Beans

Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage and Cannellini Beans

Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8-10 ounces turkey sausage, cut into slices (or pork)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 4-5 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs, like parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary
  • 2 cups spinach or kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup small whole wheat pasta, like bowtie or elbow
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Heat olive oil in large pot on medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and cook for about 3 minutes. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes, until onion is soft and sausage has browned. Stir in chopped tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.

Pour in the broth and cannellini beans. Stir in dried herbs and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low then simmer 10-15 minutes.

Stir in the spinach and uncooked pasta. Return to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce low. Cover pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, until pasta is tender.

Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: serves 6-8
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25 Responses to “Healthy Italian Winter Soup with Turkey Sausage”

  1. Mimi November 2, 2013 at 8:45 am #


  2. Lisa November 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Just made it! Smells delicious and tastes even better. I will be making it many times throughout the winter!!

    • Barb November 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa! So glad you’re enjoying the soup. Hope it’ll keep you warm this winter 🙂

  3. Maria November 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Just made this it was soooo yummy and perfect on this cold day!! Thanks for sharing

    • Barb November 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Hi Maria – Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m really happy you loved this recipe like we did 🙂

  4. Sola November 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Thanks for the great recipe. Just finished making it, it is what’s for dinner tonight.

    • Barb November 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      You’re very welcome Sola…can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

  5. Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Smells great! Taste great! So glad I found something new to make. Thank you !

    • Barb November 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      You’re welcome, Jennifer! I’m so glad you found this recipe too 🙂

  6. Jeff November 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Making it now for tonight. Smells great! Can you tell me how many calories per serving? Thanks.

    • Barb November 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      Hi Jeff – Unfortunately I don’t have the calories for this recipe. But give this link a shot, You can calculate it there, hope that helps. Can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you!

      • Jeff November 15, 2013 at 12:57 am #

        The soup was wonderful! I’ll check out the site. Thanks

        • Barb November 15, 2013 at 9:43 am #

          That’s great to hear! Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Kristen Larson January 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    Would this recipe easily transition to a crockpot recipe?

    • Barb January 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi Kristen – I never tried making this recipe in a crockpot but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know if you ever try it out 🙂

  8. Noli February 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Hello Barbs,

    I’ve come across your blog and it interested me being a Filipino too. Your recipes are easy to follow and of course healthy. Keep posting more of your healthy recipes. Thank you.

  9. Jennifer February 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Do you rinse the cannellini beans?

    • Barb February 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi Jennifer – Yes! Sorry about that, I’ll edit the recipe…

  10. Jenna October 14, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Flavor is great. I think I’ll pull out the sauage after I sautee and add into each bowl. They got a little soggy for my taste. Will make again

    • Barb October 14, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      Sounds good. Glad you enjoyed it, Jenna!

  11. Kati November 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    This is the best soup I’ve ever made!

    • Barb November 30, 2014 at 9:15 am #

      WOW, awesome, Kati! Really happy you loved this recipe as much as we do and thanks so much for your comment 😀

  12. Nikki S. January 19, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Not sure how I stumbled upoon this recipe but I have to tell you, it’s delicious! It was easy to make and the whole family loved it. Thank you!

    • Barb January 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

      That’s great, Nikki! I’m so happy you and your family loved this soup recipe 🙂

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