This Tuscan soup is hearty and delicious. It has a ton of flavor, and a spicy kick thanks to the Italian sausage. It’s also loaded with good-for-you ingredients like garlic, onions, spinach and potatoes. This is one soup that won’t leave you hungry. Serve this Tuscan soup with a generous piece of crusty bread for a meal the whole family will love. Enjoy!
1 tsp. Olive Oil
1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage, casing removed (or use bulk sausage)
1 Medium Onion, finely diced
1 Large Carrot, diced
4-5 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 tbsp. Flour
8 cups Chicken Broth
1 Large Potato, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
15.5 oz. can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinse
1 cup Heavy Cream or Half & Half
3 oz. Fresh Spinach
Salt, to taste if needed
Remove the sausage from its casing and tear into small pieces, or use bulk sausage.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the sausage. Cook the sausage for approximately 4-5 minutes until browned, while stirring frequently and breaking up large pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Lower the heat to medium, add the onions and carrots to the pot and cook about 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent, stirring frequently. Add the garlic; cook 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute while stirring.
Add the chicken broth; stir well while gently scraping any bits off the bottom of the pot. Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil, lower heat to medium-low and cover. Keep the soup at a simmer for 15-20 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to soup to a full boil. Add the potatoes and the beans to the pot. Cover and continue cooking for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the cream, stir until incorporated. Place the pot back over medium-low to low heat. Add the spinach to the soup. Heat gently until warmed through and the spinach wilts. Do not allow the soup to come to a boil, stir occasionally.
Taste the Tuscan Soup and add salt, only if needed.