Sausage, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Soup

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 33 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 (1.22-pound) package lean hot Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups chopped Swiss chard, stems removed
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Mini cornbread muffins, optional





In a large Dutch oven, cook the sausage, onions, and garlic over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and crumbly, about 6 minutes. Drain, if necessary. Stir in the broth, Swiss chard, and beans. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until Swiss chard is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with mini cornbread muffins, if desired.

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My husband and I absolutely LOVE this soup. I make it very often and I use the hot Italian sausage for extra zing. It is so easy to make and takes very little time to prepare. I use the frozen chopped collart greens in place of the kale. Can't get enough of it.

By Sharon Alves on September 28, 2013


LOVE this soup. It is one of my girls favorite. They could eat it every night. I have used collard greens once or twice when I didn't have the swiss chard, still just as delicious. Thanks !

By Katrina Neal on July 29, 2013


My family absolutely loves this recipe. It's quick and easy to make. I use loose italian sausage. It eliminates messing with the casings and I use collard greens in place or the Swiss chard because I find the Swiss chard has a slightly bitter taste. I make this recipe quite often and there is never any left over.

By Sharon Alves on November 11, 2012


Wonderful soup and healthy too! Was a hit with all my family. Great way to use up extra swiss chard fresh from the garden. Tripled the recipe and had some for freezing and canning. Will taste good this winter. You go Paula Deen!!! Thanks.

By Charles D. Cheeseman on November 05, 2012


This was delicious and VERY easy to make. Great recipe!

By Angela McCabe on February 11, 2012


This soup is fantastic! It's a good comfort soup but easy to make when you aren't feeling like cooking too much. I use regular sausage (instead of the spicy) and I live in the desert south/west so swiss chard isn't something we get in grocery stores out here so I use spinache and it turns out excellent! One my my families favorite things for dinner.

By Anonymous on November 02, 2011


Great recipe! Love this soup. Thank you Paula Deen. smile

By Jaime on September 23, 2011


This soup sounds very similiar to a recipe we came across at one of the churches my husband has pastored; it was called Turnip Green Soup. One of the ladies, who has since passed away, would make it once a year by the pots full and sell it for $8.00 a qt jar for a fund raiser. She always said it only had 5 ingredients: water, smoked sausage, turnip greens, white beans and a pkg of Knorr vegetable dip as the seasoning. I have often wondered how to replace the vegetable dip with other more natural seasonings. I think you may have given me just what I needed. Since leaving that pastorate and moving to other locations when I make the Turnip Green Soup it is always a source of conversation; people either totally love it or are thoroughly disgusted. Thank you for your information. Sincerely, Karen Maxwell

By Karen Maxwell on August 22, 2011


I served this soup to guests last night and it was delicious. I was afraid it might be too spicy, so I added some yogurt to tone it down. Delicious!!!

By Billie on March 18, 2011


This soup is wonderful. We used Kale instead of Swiss chard. The flavor was delicate, but could be spiced up if you want. Love it!!

By Diana Christofferson on March 08, 2011

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