Italian Sausage Bean Soup Recipe
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Italian Sausage Bean Soup Recipe

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In the cold months, I like to put on a big pot of this comforting soup. It cooks away while I do other things like baking bread, crafting or even cleaning the house. —Glenna Reimer, Gig Harbor, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 6 cups chopped fresh kale

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 339 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 1100mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 11g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Stir in the broth, beans, tomatoes, barley, carrot, celery, sage and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Stir in kale; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Italian Sausage Bean Soup in Country Woman October/November 2008, p27

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Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 249482
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"Winner in my books. This one really fills the bowl up. Perfect for Lunch or dinner. I too made a few changes only because I did not have them on hand. I used left over rice from a previous meal. I also used a can of Chickpeas and a can of Cannellini Beans. Used thyme instead of Rosemary. I also used Fresh Tomatoes. That 5 star rating is Spot on.

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jbander2 User ID: 2925337 246477
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"This soup is delicious! The nice thing is you can change it up so easily; whatever beans you want (I used kidney) quinoa or rice instead of barley. I used turkey Italian sausage (less fat), and endive instead of kale. Also threw in some zucchini along with the other veggies! Delish and so easy!"

cpackmom User ID: 7489971 213990
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"I'm wondering if anyone has used quinoa in this soup recipe rather than barley?"

redluver User ID: 1343016 174107
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"I used 1/2 spicy & 1/2 mild Italian sausage, a variety of canned beans (white & red kidney & black beans), and fresh garden tomatoes. This might be the best soup I've ever eaten! It will definitely be one recipe I'll return to time and again."

mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 161769
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"easy and very yummy."

goodcooker49 User ID: 5772672 161766
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"<p>Very hearty and flavorful. I like the way the barley absorbs some of the broth. I used turkey Italian sausage - less fat but same flavor. Used spinach rather than kale. Delish!</p>"

mamaried5 User ID: 3295830 180223
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"easy to make, healthy & really delicious. Will make this a regular."

dramamom2008 User ID: 6450074 175579
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I found this recipe a week ago and have made it 3x's in double batches. My husbands band was over practicing and they cleaned me out with the first batch. This is the most incredible soup I have ever made. I can't keep this soup in my fridge. I do add more broth. Enjoy"

lengelfam User ID: 5043931 106571
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Perfect for a cold and snowy winter night. This smelled so delicious while it was simmering away. My family loved it."

threegrills User ID: 6443872 95207
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"Really delicious! The only changes I made were to double the tomatoes and omit the sage because I didn't have any. Next time I'll throw in more kale--it cooks way down. This recipe is definitely a keeper!"

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