White Bean and Chard Soup with Sausage

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Perked up with chard and Italian sausage, this white bean soup recipe straddles the line between fresh and green and rich and hearty. So much so, in fact, that it would be perfectly appropriate in any season.

White Bean and Chard Soup with Sausage


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

White Bean and Chard Soup with Sausage


  1. 4 cups cooked white beans
  2. 1 quart chicken broth (try our recipe for homemade chicken stock)
  3. ½ teaspoon red chile flakes, (optional)
  4. 2 links fresh Italian sausage, removed from casing
  5. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  6. 12 cups Swiss chard, zipped, cleaned and chopped (here’s how to zip greens in a flash)
  7. 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  8. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Stir together beans and broth in a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Mash beans slightly with a potato masher.

Brown sausage, breaking it apart into small bits with the edge of a stiff spatula.

While soup is heating and sausage is browning, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the chard and toss to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, until chard is well wilted.

Pour in remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon oil. Grate the garlic onto the chard, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss several times to distribute the garlic and coat the leaves evenly. Cook for 2-3 minutes more, until chard is wilted and garlic is fragrant.

When soup is heated and sausage is browned, stir sausage and chard into soup and serve.



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  • JRP

    Can I substitute Polish sausage for the Italian sausage?

    • Anonymous

      You sure could!

  • Mom2Five

    Made this last night for my family of 7 served with French bread and cantaloupe. Not a huge hit with my kids, but they did eat it. I liked it. Not sure how to rate given our split decision.

    • liahuber

      Good for your kids for trying it! Last night was a soup night for us too … my All About the Ham Split Pea Soup.

  • http://twitter.com/alicechan555 Alice Chan

    This looks delish! I sometimes like to sub the beans for red lentils.

    • liahuber

      Great idea. I’d even add a dash (or dollop) of curry powder or paste too with the lentils …

      • http://twitter.com/alicechan555 Alice Chan

        And of course turmeric is great for adding color!

  • Lisa Kukal Jennings

    Our soup ended up quite heavy on the greens. Lol, also pretty pink due to the only type of Swiss Chard I could fine. Still good but hubby and I both agreed I need to do a little less Chard.

    • liahuber

      Good for knowing what works for you, Lisa! I’m a fiend for greens ;-).

  • Vera Overton

    Do I have to use sausage what can I uses?