Thick and filling…



This soup is creamy, slightly spicy and full of nutritious goodies. With lots of protein and complex carbs, it’s the perfect lunch to pack or an easy week-night meal.

Serve to your family with a crisp green salad and some crusty, warm whole grain rolls.




1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red pepper, diced
1/2 pound Sweet Italian turkey sausage, bulk or if using links, casings removed
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Two 15-ounce can Cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and divided
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

In a stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and red pepper and sauté until onions are tender. Stir in sausage and cook until no longer pink. Add basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

With a fork coarsely mash the beans from one can. Add to broth mixture. Stir in remaining can of beans, spinach, and fat-free half & half. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Makes approx. 8 one-cup servings.

Per Serving: Calories 280; Protein 17 g; Fat 10 g; Carbs 16; Sugar 3 g; Sodium 893 mg

30 Comments Add yours

  1. Tim Elhajj says:

    This looks yummy. I may give it a shot this weekend. It’s just starting to get cold and dark–perfect time for a hearty soup.

  2. Tim Elhajj says:

    Oh, my! Linda, your food photography is just stunning. I am so hungry just looking at the front page of your blog. Taking good looking photos of food isn’t easy. Well done!

  3. Carrie says:

    This looks like such a hearty, comforting soup!

  4. stephchows says:

    oh simply delicious!! I’m bookmarking this for sure 🙂

  5. Looks thick and scrumptious!

  6. JustMarci (Marci from BE) says:

    Hi Linda…just wondering something. If I don’t have fat free half and half or cream on hand can I use milk?

    1. Linda says:

      Yes, use milk, punkin…it will work just fine. Sometimes I use evaporated milk for the added creaminess…but it’s totally up to you.

  7. Kevin says:

    Creamy white beans and tasty Italian sausage make for a really good soup!

  8. Tim Elhajj says:

    This turned out really good! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Marianna says:

    Just made this…it is fantastic!

  10. Linda says:

    I’m so glad you are all loving it!! Thanks for the great reviews!

  11. michele says:

    I made this soup for me and my husband, we really enjoyed it. I have lots of leftovers to enjoy. Yummy! Thanks!!

  12. gaga says:

    Mmmm, how tasty! This looks like the perfect soup for me!

  13. JustMarci (Marci from BE) says:

    This soup is AMAZING! The hubs and I loved it!!! Thanks for another great one Linda 🙂

  14. michele says:

    I made this for my honey and he loved it the second and third time even better. It made lots and we froze some for later. Thank you!

  15. Christa says:

    What bread (if any) would you reccomend with this?

    1. Linda says:

      If you can spare the carbs – or are serving your family, one of those crusty, chewy Italian loaves would be great to soak up the broth with. Or a ciabatta studded with rosemary or olives. YUM.

      1. Christa says:


        I am going to adopt a ‘clean eating’ approach and this is a good kickoff soup

  16. Alesia says:

    I am very new to bariatric lifestyle and I am looking for recipies. I had the duodenal switch surgery. And all of these recipies seem to be about six months away. what surgery did you have?

    1. Linda says:

      I had the RNY and really like it. My husband and daughter also had RNY and have done well, too.

      Congrats to your new way of life! It will be a very exciting few months to come!!

  17. Erin says:

    I made this soup a couple of nights ago and it was excellent! My family really enjoyed it. I used 1 c. evaporated milk instead of fat-free half and half, but that’s the only change I made. I’ll make it again soon. Thanks for the new recipe!

  18. Laura says:

    Great recipe! Everyone loved it!

  19. Cindy says:

    Linda as you know I made this recipe today and it was so good and I highly recommend it! Thanks for all your hard work!

  20. Angie says:

    YUM!!! This stuff tastes JUST like the sausage soup from Olive Garden that I used to LOVE pre-op.. I added a few potatoes to the recipe to make it taste even more like it.. amazing.

  21. salima says:

    This looks amazing! Did you use dry or fresh herbs?

    1. Linda says:

      I LOVE to use fresh, when I have them, but the measurements in this are for dried!

  22. Missy says:

    You’ve created a monster with this soup, just so you know :o)
    I’m preparing to get stuff to make it and right now I’m at 5x the ingredients.
    I took it to work one day for MYSELF…and that was all she wrote. I get asked for it way too often. Winter is coming here in NY and a massive batch will be going in the freezer. Lots for me, lots for bf and lots for my work girls!!
    Far and AWAY best bariatric recipe I have run across. THANK YOU!!!

    1. Linda says:

      HA!! Well…I’m glad you are taking care of YOU and stashing some away! Thanks for the great review, Missy!

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