Italian Bean-Sausage Soup
Italian Bean-Sausage Soup is a delicious, and quick recipe for an Italian sausage soup that is all done in less than an hour. Key ingredients: Italian turkey sausage, Cannellini beans, tomatoes, celery root and seasonings. A good option for a lunch or a light supper. Add a side-salad if desired to make it a meal. This is also a healthy, low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, low sugars, heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly and Weight Watchers (5 SmartPoints), (4 PointsPlus) recipe. Makes: (8) servings. Italian Bean-Sausage Soup will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes.
4 Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped fennel bulb
1 cup chopped peeled celery root or turnip
1 (14-1/2 oz) can no-salt diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups water
4 bay leaves
1 Tbsp low-sodium beef base
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 (15 oz) cans Cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
Shaved Parmesan cheese, optional
1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, onion, fennel and celery root over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomatoes, water, bay leaves, beef base, Italian seasoning and pepper.
2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in beans and heat through. Remove bay leaves. Top with the Parmesan if desired.
Freeze soup without cheese in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with a piece of crusty bread and a side salad for a fabulous meal.
Yield: 8 Servings (2 Quarts Total)
Serving Size: 1 cup per serving.
Weight Watchers (5 SmartPoints), (4 PointsPlus)
Carb Choices: 1-1/2
1 Starch + 1 Meat (L)
Calories: 168, Total Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 20, Sodium: 585mg, Sugars: 3g, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 11g
Original recipe and image from: Taste Of Home. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/turkey-sausage-bean-soup
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