WW Recipe of the Day: White Bean Sausage Soup with Escarole
There's nothing better on a cold night than a BIG bowl of homemade soup.
It warms you up from the inside out and makes all those winter blues seem to disappear, at least for a few minutes!
Here's a simple, healthy, hearty, satisfying soup I hope you'll try.
With Italian-style chicken sausage, tons of veggies, beans, and escarole, this low calorie soup is sure to make your belly warm, full, and happy.
Skinny on White Bean Sausage Soup with Escarole
Eating plenty of hearty flavorful soups like this white bean and sausage with escarole is one of the easiest, tastiest ways I know to increase my intake of vegetables.
This soup requires a bit of chopping, but comes together easily and is perfect for freezing, so you might want to consider doubling the recipe.
Escarole is one of those vegetables I cook with very infrequently so I forget how good it is.
If you are not familiar, it's a leafy lettuce in the endive family that holds up well to cooking. Not as strong as chard or kale, you will usually find it in the produce section next to the romaine lettuce.
Serve with warm, crusty bread for a yummy satisfying meal.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Soup?
According to my calculations each serving has 230 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
6 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Sausage White Bean Soup Recipe Variations:
no escarole? - substitute any leafy green of your choice such as spinach, kale, chard, etc.
vegetarian/vegan - replace the sausage with 1 or 2 additional cans of beans, and chicken broth with vegetable broth (affiliate link). Add more spices and seasonings such as liquid smoke (affiliate link), garlic, thyme, etc. to make up for loss of flavor the sausage provides.
different sausages - replace the Italian style chicken sausage with andouille, kielbasa, chorizo, etc, to take this soup in many different flavorful directions
spicy - add a pinch or two or three of crushed red pepper flakes
extra filling - add more vegetables - diced tomatoes, fresh or canned, would be good
If you enjoy this hearty white bean and sausage soup recipe, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly soup recipes including Slow Cooker Bean Barley Soup, Chicken, White Bean & Salsa Soup, Slow Cooker Baked Bean Soup, WW Simply Filling Bean & Cabbage Soup and Slow Cooker Italian Pork & White Bean Stew
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Healthy White Bean & Sausage Soup Recipe
- 2 links Italian turkey sausage (7 ounces total), casings removed
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups water
- 1 can (about 14 ounces) cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (about 14 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- ½ head escarole, cut into 2-inch pieces (4 cups)
- Spray a Dutch oven or large saucepan with non-stick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently to break up the sausage, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add the water, beans and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the escarole and simmer, covered, until the escarole is tender, 15 minutes.
- Serve hot.
- no escarole? - substitute any leafy green of your choice such as spinach, kale, chard, etc.
- vegetarian/vegan - replace the sausage with 1 or 2 additional cans of beans, and chicken broth with vegetable broth. Add more spices and seasonings such as liquid smoke, garlic, thyme, etc. to make up for loss of flavor the sausage provides.
- different sausages - replace the Italian style chicken sausage with andouille, kielbasa, chorizo, etc, to take this soup in many different flavorful directions.
- spicy - add a pinch or two or three of crushed red pepper flakes.
- extra filling - add more vegetables - diced tomatoes, fresh or canned, would be good.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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Added spices red pepper flakes, fennel, Italian seasonings. Salt.
I used more sausage , 2 cans of beans and substituted spinach. Very good soup, will make often.
Very bland. When I make it again I will put Bay leaf and basil in it.
Great idea, Roben! It's important to adapt seasonings to suit your tastes. ~Martha
A can of Rotel improves everything
This sounds great! Do you use sweet Italian sausage or hot?
You can use whichever you prefer!
Easy and delicious!
I made this white bean and sausage soup yesterday and it was delicious. I used kielbasa sausage and organic romaine hearts since those were two things I had on hand. I also added a bit of cayenne pepper to give it a little more flavor but it was really yummy. So much so that I had some for breakfast again this morning. Thank you,