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Cannellini Comfort Soup Recipe

"Reduced-fat sausage, white beans and veggies make this nutritious soup plenty filling. Plus, It warms you from head to toe." notes Susan Coryell of Huddleston, Virginia. "If you are feeling creative, try adding some chopped fresh carrots along with onion and pepper...or more chicken broth for a 'soupier' effect," she suggests.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage in oil for 2 minutes. Add green pepper and onion. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic: cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, wine, Italian seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in beans and coleslaw mix. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beans are heated through and cabbage is tender. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 251 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 939 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.