Wednesday, October 13, 2010

White Bean, Sausage, and Greens Soup

Don't ask me why, but yesterday I was craving soup.  I only think it was weird because it was pretty hot in San Francisco last night and I went to the Lyon streets stairs for a sweaty workout.  If you have met me you have probably been to the Lyon Street stairs with me.  For some reason I just love stair workouts!

I have been wanting to make a dish with some good ol' southern greens, however did not want to saute them in a lot of salt and garlic (sounds yummy though!) or throw them in a pot of boiling salted water.  So I poked around a little on Epicurious and took ideas from a few soup recipes that included greens and made it my own.  Also, I bought all the ingredients from Trader Joes.  I love you TJ's :)

If you make this soup, be sure to taste and adjust along the way!  A lot of items can be altered.  You don't have to add butternut squash, try bell pepper instead.  Or if you are a Veggie (like one of my BF's Erin is) don't use the sausage.  However, I would suggest adding another can of beans for protein and substance.  I love fresh thyme, however add a different herb (rosemary for instance) that suits your taste buds.  Anyway you make it, this soup is a great introduction to Fall (if you have been denying the season change like I have)!

White Bean, Sausage, and Greens Soup
Makes about 4 - 6 Dinner Servings

1 Yellow Onion Diced
4 Large Garlic Cloves Chopped
3 Carrots Sliced
4 Stalks Celery Sliced
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme removed from Stem and Run through your knife a few times
1 1/2 Cup Cubed Butternut Squash
1 Can Cannellini Beans (Rinsed, Always Rinsed)
4 Cups Chicken Broth
4 Cups Mixed Greens (Kale, Collard, Mustard, Etc.) Roughly Cut
1 Can Diced Tomatoes  
3 Cooked Chicken Sausages Sliced
Crushed Red Pepper
Olive Oil
Sourdough Bread sliced and toasted

Saute onions, carrots, and celery for 2 minutes over medium heat until onions begin to sweat.  Add garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste.  Saute for 5 minutes.  Add squash and thyme and saute for 3 minutes.  Add chicken broth and Diced Tomatoes.  Let the soup come to a boil and reduce to simmer.  Add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water.  Let simmer for 15 - 30 minutes without lid on (the longer the better).  Meanwhile saute sausage slices.  Add sausage slices and rinsed Cannellini beans to soup.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Add greens and mix into soup.  Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes.  Serve with bread.  


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  2. This recipe sounds good! I have been on a mission looking for some good soup recipes as we head into the cooler weather. Hmmm... I wonder how spinach would do instead of the mix greens? Thanks for sharing I can't wait to try it. xo

  3. This looks so yummy, fresh, healthy and perfect for a cool evening!

    Liesl :)

  4. Your blog makes me hungry and the photography make me salivate.
    It is already soup weather here in Manhattan. I passed Trader Joe's yesterday and there were about 60 people waiting in line on the sidewalk just to get in. I continued walking.
    I'll go to the Farmer's Market today for these ingredients.
    X David, NYC

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