Bean Soup with Sausage Recipe
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Bean Soup with Sausage Recipe

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This soup is so simple to put together with ingredients you might keep on hand, and it’s delicious, too. The broth with potato, meat and vegetables makes it so satisfying. —Gail Wilkerson, House Springs, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:10 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 8 ounces bulk lean turkey breakfast sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic salt, seasoned salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 160 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 645 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat 1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage, onion and green pepper over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in beans, potato, water and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in tomatoes and heat through. Remove bay leaf. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Sausage Bean Soup in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p14

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"Delicious soup! I used 12 oz pork sausage (Simple Truth brand) instead of the turkey brown and serve sausage. The directions in the magazine were very different than the ones on this site. I used the web site instructions since they used only one pot and seemed to make more sense. Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"Needing more flavor, I added onion & garlic powder plus marjoram. I used beef broth instead of water & an immersion blender for the diced tomatoes as DH fussy about tomato pieces. He didn't complain, so it must taste okay. Being a vegetarian I can't eat it."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"This is an easy soup to put together. I was not thrilled with the turkey sausage and might try another brand or switch to pork sausage. I thought it was heavy on the kidney beans so I might switch a kidney bean for a navy bean. All in all, an easy soup without a lot of strange ingredients that make a trip to the store necessary."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"Good. I added mushrooms in, and used a pork sausage because that's what I had. I thought it was good; and my mother-in-law loved it."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"This is a basic soup that was easy to make. I think it needs more flavor. I'd add more vegetables (maybe carrots, spinach, green beans) and more seasonings/herbs."

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