I 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
- 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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