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Italian Sausage and Fennel Soup

1 review

Many years ago I watched chef and TV personality Mario Batali make an Italian soup that had fennel, garlic and bread as the base. I have dietary restrictions that don’t allow me to eat bread, so I made my own version by omitting the bread and adding sausage for protein. It’s hearty and irresistible on a cold night. It can feed a crowd or provide plenty of leftovers. If you find yourself missing the bread, serve it on the side to perfectly round out your meal.
—Suzanne Clark, Fort Dodge, IA

Emily’s Bean Soup

7 reviews

This is a wonderful fall or winter meal, served with thick slices of warm homemade bread. The recipe evolved over...


White Bean Soup with Meatballs

2 reviews

It tastes like it's from scratch, but my Italian-inspired soup uses lots of shortcuts. For a meatball in every bite,...


Summer Squash & White Bean Soup

2 reviews

I love using summer squash in soups. This dish is hearty as is, but stir in chopped ham for an...


Five-Bean Soup

1 review

One of my family's favorite soups, this tasty recipe was one I discovered years ago. Served with a salad and...

White Bean & Chicken Enchilada Soup

5 reviews

I made this soup to please my daughters’ craving for creaminess, my husband’s for spice and mine for white beans....


Christmas White Chili

1 review

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Try this chili decked with red and green veggies! —Catherine Nickelson, Scandia, Minnesota

Italian Chicken Meatball and Bean Soup

In North Dakota, it's pretty common for winter temps to fall below zero. Hearty soups like this are a must....


Spicy Sweet Potato Kale Cannellini Soup

1 review

This cross between a soup and a stew fits the meatless Monday bill quite nicely. It warms you right up,...


Hearty Pasta Fagioli

24 reviews

Here's an Italian favorite made easier by using prepared spaghetti sauce and canned broth for the flavorful base. —Cindy Garland,...


Hearty Butternut Squash Soup

36 reviews

The comforting combination of squash, meat, beans and veggies makes this my go-to soup in fall. It's full of freshness....

Italian Sausage Kale Soup

17 reviews

My mom dehydrates the last pick of tomatoes from her garden each fall—perfect for quick soups like this one. When...


Market Basket Soup

2 reviews

I use kohlrabi in this soothing veggie soup. The vegetable has a mellow broccoli-cabbage flavor and can be served raw,...


Garden Minestrone

2 reviews

At Italian restaurants, I always order minestrone. After doing many trial-and-error batches, I developed a hearty veggie soup my whole...