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Sausage Bean Soup Recipe

Sausage Bean Soup Recipe

You’re moments away from a flavor-packed soup that keeps you warm on even the chilliest nights. It's just the kind of recipe we Minnesotans love.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3/4 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook and crumble sausage with onion and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • 2. Stir in beans, tomatoes, basil and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Serve with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Health Tip: Switch to no-salt-added diced tomatoes and skip the Parmesan cheese to cut about 130mg sodium per serving. Use no-salt-added beans and save almost 300mg more.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 268 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 15g protein.

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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 259433
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"Delicious, fast and super easy. Big win tonight at dinner, even the kids ate their portions! I added a summer squash and used a can of medium Rotel instead of just diced tomatoes. Very yummy. Thanks for posting!"

jessicadidion User ID: 5048007 256957
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2016

"I always make recipes "as is" when trying for the first time. We actually found this to be a bit bland in its original version. I jazzed it up the second time by using Italian-diced tomatoes, as well as more basil and then added some Italian spice. This helped a lot."

HungryHungry User ID: 8695047 241609
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2016

"I used the butter beans and kidney beans also the smoked turkey kielbasa, it was awesome! Don't forget the basil, makes the dish! Thanks TOH!"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 228710
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Super easy and it goes together real fast. I did simmer mine covered for longer than 10 minutes. Removed the lid and simmered for 10 minutes. I also added a little bit of water to it the next day as it really thickened up overnight.

Hubby said its The Best *

cookinmommy User ID: 166191 21964
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"Such a wonderful soup. I added 1 tsp of beef bouillon and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Also used northern beans. It turned out really delicious and leftovers were even better! A definite keeper!!"

jenmellen User ID: 7618953 45113
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Loved this soup! So tasty!"

sara0710 User ID: 7466388 46352
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"My husband loves this recipe!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 26390
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I used turkey sausage. You could also use smoked turkey kielbasa. It was very good and I enjoyed it very much."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 51458
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"Tasty, easy to make. Used northern beans in place of the butter beans."

lutej User ID: 7101119 202571
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"so quick and so tasty"

mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 46164
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"We really enjoyed this soup. It was quick and easy, but very flavorful. I used great nothern beans instead of butter beans."

mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 54025
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"We really enjoyed this soup. It was quick and easy, but very flavorful."

kbussey User ID: 614681 45112
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I made this with Spicy Italian Venison sausage. Serving with the Italian grilled cheese is a must!"

Sugarbearchef User ID: 4480824 26023
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"I glancing through an old copy of Taste of Home from the '90's and came across this wonderful, fast easy recipie. I substituted a can of tomato soup for the canned diced tomatoes and added my own swiss chard for a little color and nutrition boost. The Italian Grilled Cheese that goes with it tastes like pizza. We might start having this once a week it's so good and easy."

mamabear58 User ID: 3603753 25994
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"We've made this recipe for several years now. One of my family's favorite. In fact we are haveing it tonight a rainy cool day."

eatnrun User ID: 2156030 202570
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"The soup was great!! It didn't last very long. I gave a container to my son and my priest. They also enjoyed it. I am also having a ball trying other soups. Thanks for the recipes."

capricez User ID: 3275363 50009
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"quick, easy and very delicious! My husband absolutely loves it."

RAYLYNN47 User ID: 3212076 51436
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"I have been making this soup for years. My family loves it!! I also use hot Italian sausage sometimes for a little kick. I also use more broth. I serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches on really fresh bakery bread (usually garlic Tuscan). It makes a fantastic meal."

tyenella User ID: 4370619 53927
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"My family absolutely loves this meal! I get requests for it all the time. I like using a hot italian sausage for a bit of zest."

Dibilaweed User ID: 1491842 21344
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"I've been making this soup for several years and we love it. But the flavor really depends on getting good Italian sausage. I also double the beef broth, since there did not seem to be much broth with just one can."

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