This is simple fare that the whole family will enjoy. I make this, or a close rendition, and freeze in batches for my toddler's lunches. But it's also a nice option for those times when you don't have a lot of time or headspace, but want to cook something from scratch that's satisfying and tastes like it cooked for ages.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Stir in carrots, celery, and red onion; cook until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in beans with their liquid.

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  • Add potatoes, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover, about 1 1/2 cups. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender and soup thickens, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use vegetable or chicken broth instead of plain water, if preferred.

Tips

This is a great base recipe for adding additional vegetables, such as cabbage, zucchini, or kale.

Nutrition Facts

499.1 calories; 22.9 g protein; 44.3 g carbohydrates; 44.6 mg cholesterol; 1131.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2019
It s very flavorful. I only changed 2 things. I used beef broth and added a can of Italian stewed tomatoes. My husband said that it is now his favorite soup. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/13/2019
This soup has a watered down taste. It needs chicken or beef broth not water. Add some canned tomatoes with chillies lots of garlic onion powder white or red wine to give it some flavor. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
03/12/2019
This soup has a watered down taste. It needs chicken or beef broth not water. Add some canned tomatoes with chillies lots of garlic onion powder white or red wine to give it some flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2019
It s very flavorful. I only changed 2 things. I used beef broth and added a can of Italian stewed tomatoes. My husband said that it is now his favorite soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2019
I did put sweet peppers in the soup plus a little bit of red wine sweet red wine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2019
Very tasty wonderful soup! It takes more than 20 minutes to prep but well worth the work of chopping up all the vegetables. I did use chicken broth instead of water and strongly suggest you use chicken or vegetable broth for a more complete flavor which compliments the mild Italian sausage. I also added garlic and used Italian seasoning. This recipe is a great base to begin with and gives you the opportunity to make it all your own with your ideas and additions. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2019
My family liked this. They even went back for seconds. I drained the beans but used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with the juice. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2019
I bought the wrong beans and got Garbanzos (chick peas). It was still fantastic! Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2019
I used stock instead of water and we loved it. Going to share recipe with my friends. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2019
After reading the other reviews I just made a few changes: no toddlers in my house so I used hot Italian sausage 2 large cloves of minced garlic and added 2 beef bouillon cubes to 2c water for the liquid. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2019
I added cabbage and loved it! Read More