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Turkey Sausage Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.

Makes

8 servings (2 quarts)

This recipe is from my great-grandmother, though I've added a few ingredients to make it my own. Serve it with a side salad and some artisan bread for a wonderful, hearty family dinner. —Terrel Porter-Smith, Los Osos, California
Turkey Sausage Bean Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fennel bulb
  • 1 cup chopped peeled celery root or turnip
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium beef base
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, onion, fennel and celery root over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomatoes, water, bay leaves, beef base, Italian seasoning and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in beans; heat through. Remove bay leaves. If desired, top servings with cheese.

Can you freeze Turkey Sausage Bean Soup?

Freeze soup without cheese in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. If desired, top with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup (calculated without cheese): 168 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat.

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