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White Bean Soup with Sausage and Collards


You can keep everything you need for this dish on hand -- sausage and collards in the freezer, canned beans, onion, and vinegar in the pantry.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, December 2005


  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen bulk sausage, thawed and crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped collard greens, unthawed
  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained, rinsed, and slightly mashed
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar (optional)
  • 8 slices toasted French bread (optional)


  1. Cook sausage and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until fat renders, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes more. (If bottom of pan starts to burn in spots, sprinkle with water and scrape up blackened bits.)

  2. Add collard greens, beans, and 4 cups water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Adjust consistency of soup with water, if necessary. Stir in red-wine vinegar, and serve with toasted bread slices, if desired.

Cook's Notes

If collards are not available in your area, substitute other frozen chopped greens such as kale or turnip or mustard greens.

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