Sausage Soup with Spinach & Beans

Favorite Trader Joes Item #7: Sweet Italian Sausage (or any of their sausages for that matter)

sweet italian sausage

Meat is usually what makes my grocery bills sooo high. This package of sausage was only $2.99 for six sausages. We got about 2 1/2 meals out of this soup between my husband and I. Not to shabby!

Here's one of my favorite sausage soups:

sausage soup

Sausage Soup with Spinach & Beans

inspired by this recipe from Everyday Food

  • 1 package (12 ounces) sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 16oz. bag of frozen spinach from trader joe's (item not pictured-sorry!)
  • 2 cans Trader Joe's cannellini beans
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic smashed
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large pinch of red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 32oz. container of chicken stock

Place chopped onion & mashed garlic in soup pot & sautee in olive oil. Take sausage out of its casings and break off bite sized *meatballs* Add this to onion mixture. Cook sausages on medium heat for about 4 minutes. Your goal is to make sure there's no pink left on the outside of the meat. Now add chicken stock, beans & frozen spinach. Simmer on the stove for about 20 minutes. Make sure there's a very low boil going on. Before you serve, add the red-wine vinegar (it will give it that extra zing!). Season with salt & pepper. Enjoy.

I'm actually eating a bowl of this soup as I write this post. It's really good for a cold autumn afternoon. I recommend making it on a Sunday afternoon while your spouse is watching football. Not only will make your house smell wonderful, you will be sneaking a heaping portion of vegetables into someone else's diet. I like to pair it with crusty pieces of bread and butter...mmmmmmm........ My husband & I like to save the sausage til the end. It's the best part!

Sometimes I use the following Trader Joe's Sausages for this recipe:

Garlic Sausage

Wine & Cheese Sausage

Hot Italian Sausage

(All of them produce a great result)

See closeup if you don't have any meat aversion:

yummmmm inducing

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  • November 8, 2007

    Trader Joe's should be paying you! I want to go there and buy everything you've listed. And this soup? Divine.

  • November 8, 2007

    Your recipes have all been great. Thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to try this soup!

  • November 8, 2007

    christine: i'm starting to think so too ;) if only they would buy my groceries for life.... *hint hint*

    kathryn: thank you! i'll keep posting more! look out! ;)

  • October 19, 2009

    This is now one of my go to soup recipes! My favorite variation has been to add TJ's Sicilian Chicken Italian Sausage. It's just a tad bit spicy, but not enough to overwhelm my delicate palate. :)

  • Marilyn
    December 29, 2010

    Such a great recipe. Made this with lentils instead and it was delicious. My parents dropped by and had some.. On the way out my Dad asked if I could give my mom the recipe. Thanks!

  • angela
    September 25, 2011

    I was wondering if you can use fresh spinach instead of frozen for this recipe?


  • October 17, 2011

    So happy I looked back on your fall recipes. I am excited to make this :)! It's cold here in Ontario, this will go perfectly with the weather!!

  • Lesley
    January 24, 2014

    Oh no, I'm making this right now and realized it doesn't say when to add the red pepper flakes. Do you just put it in at the end with the salt & pepper? Thanks Tracy.

    • Tracy
      January 24, 2014

      I would say to do at the beginning when you're cooking the sausage. You can put it in at the end though.

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