“But since soup mainly involves tossing everything in a pot and waiting, it’s one of my better dishes.” ― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
The signal to begin the rush has sounded. With Halloween behind us, the holidays are in sight. Posts of things we are thankful for have started hitting individual’s Facebook pages, and winter wonderlands have sprung up where the garden centers used to be. Ready, set, go! Let the busyness begin.
Perfect time to get the crock pot out and have something simmering for those days when activities and the demands of the season overwhelm us. A pot full of deliciousness wafting its aroma all the way to the front door will be the perfect Welcome Home after a hectic day. Couple it with some good bread and a sigh just might occur.
This recipe is from my daughter, Genevieve. You won’t need your crock pot for this one because you can have it on the table in thirty minutes if you like. But there is something to be said for a soup that has been allowed to mingle for a few hours. So, either way, it will be a warm finish to your day.
Italian White Bean Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper. Seeded and diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound Italian seasoned turkey sausage
- 3 cans Cannoli beans, drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon oregano
In Dutch oven, sauté onion, red pepper, and carrot 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add in turkey sausage and cook until no longer pink. Add chicken stock, white beans, tomatoes, and oregano. Simmer for 15 minutes.
This delicious soup is one of those recipes you can alter to what’s in your pantry. Try one of the following ideas. If you come up with other ideas, please don’t keep them a secret. Be sure to share.
Substitute ham for sausage. Omit the tomatoes and oregano. Add 1 teaspoon thyme.
Substitute chicken breast for sausage. Add a spoonful of pesto to each bowl when serving.
Omit sausage. Replace chicken stock with vegetable stock. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning.
This recipe along with a couple of other soup recipes for Creamy Potato and Roasted Tomato plus my sister’s flatbread recipe can be found in the food column, Corner Bistro, of this month’s issue of Broken But Priceless: The Magazine. I have the privilege of being the food columnist for this beautiful online magazine that brings information and encouragement to those who live with chronic illness and their caregivers. Take a peek, and pass it along to others. I learn something new from each issue.