Hearty Tuscan Soup
This time of year I get in the mood for soups and stews and this Tuscan Sausage and Bean soup definitely fits the bill. It’s easy, hearty and even has pureed (canned) pumpkin to make it even healthier and heartier.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 sweet or yellow onion, diced
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 8 links of Italian chicken sausage, chopped into 1/2 inch thick rounds
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning (or 2 teaspoons each of dried Rosemary and Thyme)
- 6-8 cups Chicken stock
- 1 can pureed pumpkin
- 2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 bag of frozen kale/spinach or about 2 cups fresh kale/spinach (or whatever greens you have on hand)
- 1 bag of frozen green beans (canned green beans would work, too) or fresh or frozen broccoli or zucchini (again, whatever you have on hand)
- 2 bay leaves
- salt & pepper
- Optional: grated parmesan cheese
- In a large soup pot or dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrots, with a little salt and pepper, and saute in the olive oil until soft.
- Add the sausage and garlic, saute for about 2 minutes.
- Add the diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning, with a little more salt and pepper. Stir and let the seasoning meld with the other ingredients for about a minute or 2.
- Dump in the chicken stock, pumpkin puree, cannellini beans, kale, green beans and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a low boil.
- Turn down to low and keep warm until ready to serve.
- If you aren’t eating right away, keep stirring the soup every so often to make sure the pureed pumpkin doesn’t settle on the bottom and burn.
Great Pantry Meal
Keeping all of these ingredients on hand (in your pantry or freezer) makes this soup an easy weeknight meal. You don’t have to go shopping the day of to make it, just keep a few things on hand and you’re good to go!
I try to buy all of my canned goods at Costco, especially since a lot of their canned goods are organic now. Items like diced tomatoes, green beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, etc. Other items, like cannellini beans or canned pumpkin puree I buy at the grocery store when it goes on sale. Also at Costco, I purchase and freeze things like spinach, kale and fresh green beans (harit coverts). This type of prep helps me make healthy soups and stews so much faster!
If you have a Wonderbag, this is a great soup for it! Just follow all of the same directions until you bring the soup to a low boil. At that point, continue boiling for a minute or 2 and then turn off the heat; prep your Wonderbag and carefully place the soup pot in the Wonderbag, tighten it all up and leave on the counter until you’re ready to eat!
If you aren’t familiar with a Wonderbag, check it out here. My brother gave me mine a couple years ago and we love it! It’s a very similar idea to a slow cooker but uses even less energy. Additionally, when you buy a Wonderbag for yourself or as a gift, a Wonderbag is donated to a family in need in a developing country. Win, win!
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