Sausage, Kale & White Bean Soup


This soup was inspired by ‘ribollita’, a classic Italian soup made with white beans and vegetables. Enjoy this one-pot soup this spring with a slice of your favourite local bread.


Servings: 4

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time:  10 minutes   |   Cook Time: 35 minutes   |   Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 5 mild-Italian Pork and Beef sausages from The Chop Shop at the Rootcellar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup white wine (we used Blue Grouse Quill Q White or Unsworth Vineyards Allegro)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3 leaves fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups green kale, leaves removed from stem and roughly chopped
  • Bread, for dipping (such as Portofino Bakery’s Roasted Garlic & Cracked Pepper loaf)

Directions:

Remove the sausage from the casing. Divide the meat from each sausage meat into four portions and roll into small meatballs. In the end, you should have 20 tiny meatballs. 

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, and fry the sausage on all sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside, but keep the oil in the pot.

Add the onion, salt, and pepper to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion has softened and has become a light golden brown. Add the garlic and red chili flakes and cook for 30 seconds. 

Add the white wine, rosemary, and sage to the pot. Use a wooden spoon to scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Continue cooking over medium-high heat until the wine has reduced by half, about 5 minutes. 

Add one can of the cannellini beans to the pot. Use a potato masher to break up the beans into a rough paste. Add the other can of beans (keep whole) and chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Once the soup boils, add in the sausage balls, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 25-30 minutes to allow the flavours to combine.

Stir in the kale right before serving so that it stays nice and green and does not get overcooked. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. 

Serve warm with a side of your favourite bread.

Enjoy!