Last night was another cold night so I dug into the pantry and freezer and put this sausage, white bean and spinach soup together. We are going to the cabin on new years day so I was trying to avoid buying anything that might go bad. The great northern beans must have been in the pantry for a really long time because they took awhile to cook, however fresh beans are always worth the time, when you have it. I just have to figure out what to do with the leftover beans. I think you can freeze them?
This recipe is slightly healthier then necessary, feel free to use regular Italian sausage and stir a pat of butter in at the end. Also, the variation with kale or swiss chard instead of spinach is delicious.
Turkey Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Soup(serves 4)
Heat a large dutch oven to medium and add olive oil and sausages. Using a fork break up the sausages into bite size pieces and turn until browned. Move the sausages to the outside of the pan and add onion, celery, carrots, garlic and rosemary as well as a good pinch of salt. Sweat the vegetables stirring until soft and mix in the sausage. Add wine and allow to reduce by half, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Add in tomato paste and allow to melt stirring regularly. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for ten minutes. Add in beans and spinach and taste for seasoning. Simmer until spinach is cooked and serve hot with some crusty bread.