I’d be lying if I claimed to love soups. It’s not that I don’t like soup. There are several soups that I enjoy quite a bit, most notably French onion soup (smothered with cheese, of course) and New England Clam Chowder. Homemade chicken soup with orzo or any type of seafood bisque are high on my soup list too. I guess I just don’t really think too much about soup. I never crave it. I rarely get the itch to make it. This is my own loss.
But, on a rare and sudden impulse, I got it in my head that yesterday was a perfect day for soup. I went back to a recipe which I shared with you a few months ago; a Ragout of Sausage, Beans and Rapini. With a few simple adjustments, I turned that ragout into a simple and insanely flavorful soup. I’m pretty sure they should put a picture of this soup next to the definition of comfort food.
This quick and easy soup is bursting with flavor and oozing in nutritional value. You can really feel good about eating this soup. Rapini, also known as Rappi or Broccoli Raab, is one of those bitter greens which is dripping in vitamins and minerals. Combined with savory, spicy sausage and creamy cannellini beans, this simple soup will have you singing.
Sausage, Bean, and Rapini Soup
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
- 1.5 pound Spicy Italian Sausage, removed from casings
- 1 1-pound bunch Rapini/Rappi
- 2 15-ounce cans Cannellini Beans
- 1 quart Chicken Broth
- 1 tsp Salt
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Parmesan Cheese
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until the onion is tender. Add the sausage meat. Cook for 7-8 minutes, until the sausage is fully cooked, using a spoon to break up the pieces as it cooks. Pour in the liquid from the cans of beans. Cut off the tough ends of the rapini, then chop the stalks and leaves into small chunks. Add the chopped rapini and chicken broth to the saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, until the rapini leaves are wilted and the stalks are slightly tender. Add the beans to the soup and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and crushed red pepper, as desired.
Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a hunk of doughy French bread.