- 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild 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 forItalian 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"
"Enjoyed it very much!"