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Italian soups might be my love language and this Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup is saying all the right things! Flavorful Italian sausage paired with the brightness of fennel and creamy cannellini beans makes for a soup I cannot get enough of.

Bowls of Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup on wood serving board. Bowls of garnishes scattered around.

Day four of #DDSoupWeek 2023 is here! If you’re a fan of my Whole30 Zuppa Toscana, this soup is for you. With a similar flavor due to the Italian sausage and kale, this soup takes it up a notch with the addition of fennel, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a bit of white wine. Plus, the cannellini beans add a delicious creamy bite that you will love!

Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup Ingredients:

  • Mild or Spicy Italian Sausage
  • Fresh Fennel
  • Yellow Onion
  • Dry White Wine
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Parmesan Cheese Rind (Omit to keep this dairy-free!)
  • Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning
  • Lemon
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Plus, optional ingredients for serving!

Step-By-Step:

Step One: Brown the Sausage and Sauté the Veggies

In your large pot or Dutch oven, cook the Italian sausage until browned and no longer pink. Be sure to use the edge of a spoon to break the sausage into smaller pieces! Next, add the fennel and onion to the pot and cook until the fennel is tender.

White dutch oven with ground beef and fennel sautéing.

Step Two: flavor the broth and cook the beans

Next, add the wine to the pot and cook until it has reduced by half. Once the wine is reduced, add the broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, drained cannellini beans, parmesan rind, and seasonings. Bring to a rapid simmer then reduce to a light simmer. Cover and cook the soup until the beans are tender, about 15 minutes.

White dutch oven filled with beans, broth, tomatoes, seasoning, and cheese rind.

Step three: cook the kale

Once the beans are tender, remove the parmesan rind. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and kale. Cook until the kale just starts to wilt, about 4 minutes. Taste and add additional salt as needed!

Dutch oven of Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup. Spoon resting in pot.

Step Four: Serve and enjoy!

You can serve the soup as-is or top with grated parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and freshly ground black pepper if desired!

Recipe FAQs:

Could I use spicy italian sausage?

Sure! If you prefer to pack a lot of heat into your soup, you can definitely use spicy sausage instead.

There is a lot of additional fat once my sausage is cooked, shouLD i DRAIN IT OFF?

Yes! Drain off the excess fat prior to adding the fennel and onion to the skillet.

Is the parmesan rind necessary?

You can omit this to keep the recipe dairy-free! But if you are able to tolerate dairy, the rind adds a delicious layer or flavor to the soup that I highly recommend.

How should I reheat this soup?

I recommend reheating this on the stovetop with additional broth as needed. The beans tend to absorb some of the liquid when stored!

White bowl of Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup with spoon resting in it.

I hope you enjoy this Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup and the rest of the #DDSoupWeek2023 recipes! Comment below once you’ve made this one!

For more Recipes:

Spring Green Minestrone

Tuscan Ribollita Soup

Easy Italian White Bean Soup

Whole30 Minestrone Soup

Whole30 Zuppa Toscana

Bowls of Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup on wood serving board. Bowls of garnishes scattered around.
5 from 13 votes

Sausage, Fennel, and White Bean Soup

Dietary: Dairy-Free (if modified)
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage (sub spicy Italian sausage if preferred)
  • 1 medium bulb fennel quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion or ½ medium onion
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • One [32-ounce; carton low-sodium chicken broth or 4 cups
  • One [14.5-ounce] can fire-roasted tomatoes undrained
  • Two [15-ounce] cans cannellini beans or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Parmesan cheese rind optional, omit for dairy-free
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cups lacinato kale de-ribbed and thinly sliced

Optional for Serving:

  • Grated parmesan cheese (omit for dairy-free)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook, breaking up the meat into smaller pieces, until just cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off excess fat and return to the pot.
  • Add the fennel and onion and continue to cook, stirring, until the fennel is tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Pour in the white wine and cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, cannellini beans (drained!), parmesan cheese rind (if using), salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a rapid simmer.
  • Once simmering, reduce the heat to a light simmer, cover and cook until the flavors have melded and the beans are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Discard the parmesan cheese rind and add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and kale to the soup. Stir to combine and cook until the kale has wilted, about 4 minutes. Taste and add salt as needed.
  • To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with the grated parmesan, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, and a few cracks of black pepper, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 1455mg, Potassium: 699mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 2187IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 124mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 4 to 6
Calories: 462

Photography by Eat Love Eats.



Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!


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