- 1 pound Italian sausage links, casings removed and cut into 1-inch slices
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
- Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
- In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onions over medium heat until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink.
- Stir in the beans, broth, tomatoes, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add the spinach and heat just until wilted. Serve with cheese if desired. Yield: 11 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Reviews for Italian Peasant Soup
"I first saw a very similar recipe, which was titled Etruscan Peasant soup, in a Taste of Home Cooking School publication at least 15 years ago. It has become one of our favorites.For the two of us, I prepare this recipe using 50% of the amounts listed. I omit the chicken and substitute cooked shell or other small pasta for the beans. Since even a half-recipe provides us with leftovers I cook enough pasta for the entire batch of soup, then add some of it to our bowls. I refrigerate the leftover pasta separately and finish it up when we eat the remaining soup.Note: I leave the casings on the sausage links and brown them before slicing. It just makes for a prettier presentation, IMO."
"This is our favorite soup on a cold, snowy day like today."
"Wife and daughter loved it. A keeper. Will make again on another cold winters day. I did add extra chicken broth (32 oz) and was a little heavier on the spinach, plus 2 cubes of chick broth."
"Wow, my family loved this! If I could give it 10 stars I would. Easy to half since there's only three of us with leftovers for lunch the next day. Have passed this recipe on to several coworkers also"
"This is one of our favorite soups. I do use the ground Italian turkey sausage instead for a healthier version. I think it is a very attractive soup to serve with all the various colors."
"Enjoyed it very much!"
"Easy to make and delicious! I made it just with the chicken since I don't like italian sausage....."
"Have made it many times and we love it, even my son who doesn't love soup"