Italian white bean, cabbage, and sausage soup

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Today, I give you the first new soup recipe for fall and I couldn't be more excited about it.Italian white bean, cabbage, and sausage soup. This hearty sausage soup is loaded with great flavors and packed with far more vegetables and meat than broth.

Best of all, this soup is made in less than 30 minutes. I'm so ready for cooler weather and this soup represents my illusion for more rain than we were lucky to see here in the Arizona desert last week.

This was a dinner that I put together without any prior planning. (The ingredients were all we had in the house after a couple of weeks of traveling!)

All that is needed is to brown a little sausage, add stock, beans, cabbage, and simmer. Onions, tomatoes, and plenty of Italian herbs and spices add the finishing touches.

Italian white bean and sausage soup is great for a weekday meal and also enough for you to have leftovers for the next day's lunch!

Cabbage soup with chorizo

I love adding sausages to my soups. Adds great flavor and holds up nicely for both leftovers and soups hidden in the freezer.

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The Italian white bean, cabbage, and sausage soup is so hearty it's almost a stew. This is quite filling for a complete meal on its own, especially served with a side of crisp Italian bread or crackers.

When you feed a crowd, cabbage and sausage soups are also an inexpensive option. Cabbage is one of the least expensive vegetables per pound and sausages can also be found cheaply.

You can use regular sausages for breakfast or a spicier variety of sausages to make this soup recipe. I've used both depending on what I have on hand and it worked well both ways. If you are a spice lover, using spicy sausages adds a kick that you are sure to love!

Italian white beans add a lovely element of texture and flavor to cabbage sausage soup. White beans, white beans, and Cannellini beans work very well in soup. I enjoy that they don't get mushy, but the creaminess contrasts well with the chunks of sausage and cabbage.

The first time I made this soup it turned out so well that my husband commented twice on how much he liked it. So, I decided to photograph my dinner before sitting down to eat it.

It is very easy to prepare a double batch to have a lot in the freezer. My husband used to have this soup for his lunch at work regularly.

Soups for Fall

If your weather is getting colder and you're ready to receive even more soup recipes, here are some of our best soups that go from start to finish in under 30 minutes: Minestrone Three-Bean Soup, Creamy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup, Reuben Soup, Chicken Soup, White Beans and Kale, and Pizza and Pasta Soup are my family's great favorites.

This classic French onion soup and this Mexican noodle soup are calling me, too, so they're on my fall checklist, too.

Sausage Soups

I almost always have sausages on hand in my fridge for quick and easy meals throughout the week. Combine it with cabbage or another vegetable and you will have a delicious hearty meal that will please both children and adults.

If you like sausage soups, take a look at our Italian Vegetable Beef Soup, this cabbage, potato and sausage soup, and Sean's favorite corned beef and cabbage stew.

Along with soups, I love sausages and cabbage in these unfilled cabbage rolls and cabbage ribbons with sausage and thyme marinara sauce. This fall I also plan to make at least a few batches of Italian corn chowder with sausages to store in the freezer for easy lunches and dinners.

When it's cold, it's hard to beat the comfort of a steaming bowl of soup. And this sausage soup is delicious enough that I've even found myself making it when it's not exactly the fall weather outside. (We live in Arizona, that's often).

Add this to your meal plan for the week; you will not regret!

Cooking tip: I use this pot to make this recipe.

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Italian white beans, cabbage and sausages

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. When the sausage is almost done browning, add the onions.
  3. Cook for a few more minutes, until the sausage is browned and the onions are tender.
  4. Add cabbage, beans, tomatoes, broth, and spices.
  5. Stir to combine and simmer for about 5 minutes to soften the cabbage.

Italian white bean, cabbage, and sausage soup

This hearty soup is full of flavor and full of far more vegetables and meat than broth. Best of all, this soup is made in less than 30 minutes.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes.

Cook time: 20 minutes.

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 264kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hot or regular breakfast sausage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small cabbage cut into small pieces, about 4 cups
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups large northern beans, cooked or 1 15-ounce can, drained
  • 6 cups store-bought or homemade chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoonful of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  • Cook and crumble the sausage in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When the sausage is almost done browning, add the onions. Cook for a few more minutes, until the sausage is browned and the onions are tender.

  • Add cabbage, beans, tomatoes, broth, and spices. Stir to combine and simmer for about 5 minutes to soften the cabbage. Enjoy!

Notes

A small amount of sausage in a soup like this provides a lot of flavor. I don't always add salt to recipes that include sausages, so be sure to try and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1103mg | Potassium: 724 mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 216 IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3 mg

{originally published on 6/8/14 – notes and recipe photos updated 1/23/20}

White Beans, Italian, Cabbage, Sausage, Soup

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