Italian Sausage Soup

By Ms. Lizz

Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon

  • 1/2 lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)

  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 4 cups water

  • 3 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale or Swiss chard leaves

  • 1 can (15 or 19 oz) cannellini beans, drained, rinsed

  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half or regular half-and-half

Directions
  1. In 4-quart nonstick saucepan or Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel. Crumble bacon; set aside. Remove and discard drippings from saucepan.

  2. In same saucepan, cook sausage over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain well on paper towels; set aside.

  3. In same saucepan, mix potatoes, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, pepper flakes, water and broth. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cook uncovered about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Stir in bacon, sausage, kale and beans. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes and kale are tender. Stir in half-and-half; cook just until heated.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
10
1 Serving
Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 30)
Total Fat 3 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g)
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 530mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g (Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g)
Protein 12g Percent Daily Value*
Vitamin A 80%
Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 10%
Iron 15% Exchanges
2 Starch
0 Other Carbohydrate
0 Vegetable
1 Very Lean Meat Carbohydrate Choices
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7 replies

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-12-01 10:18:33 -0600 Report

My diabetes educator tells me that I should have between 15 and 45 grams of carbs at each meal and two snacks a day…we all have certain carbs we know don't work well for us but never has it been said to me…NO carbs and NO sugar! This website definitely gets to the point about diabetes…maybe the person who said this needs to make an appointment with a certified diabetes educator and re-learn the facts about diabetes!! We need carbs for energy just like everyone else!

Louis3
Louis3 2010-12-01 08:17:18 -0600 Report

Actually Joanne! Too much said!
Who ever told you NO carbs and NO sugar is wrong . My guess is you heard No instead of LO.
Punish yourself all you want but don't spread your anger onto us. We have enough to deal with just being Diabetic.
Everyone knows what carbs effect us negatively and have tobe avoided.
Some can and some cannot eat potatoes.
I for one can't touch rice, this rescipe is fina like all in moderation and occassionlly.
Enjoy all!

Louis3
Louis3 2010-12-01 08:16:55 -0600 Report

Actually Joanne! Too much said!
Who ever told you NO carbs and NO sugar is wrong . My guess is you heard No instead of LO.
Punish yourself all you want but don't spread your anger onto us. We have enough to deal with just being Diabetic.
Everyone knows what carbs effect us negatively and have tobe avoided.
Some can and some cannot eat potatoes.
I for one can't touch rice, this rescipe is fina like all in moderation and occassionlly.
Enjoy all!

Louis3
Louis3 2010-12-01 08:02:04 -0600 Report

This is my favorite soup. My grandmother used to make it all the time. Only she did not add the beans. It is also on Olive Garden's soup list.
I will have to try it this way.

taz324
taz324 2010-12-01 07:29:50 -0600 Report

for serving per recipe 10 and only 29 carbs per serving this is a good recipe and it looks good

joanne denison
joanne denison 2010-12-01 07:17:51 -0600 Report

Again, this website does not get the point of diabetes. If you have diabetes that means NO carbs and NO sugars. One of the things I am most concerned about is the number of ads from mega pharma cos. That is an inherent conflict of interest (say you CAN eat some carbs and sugars, and then sell you more drugs to "fix" that.)
In any case, the recipe is fine as long as you do not include the beans or potatoes. Beans and potatoes are a huge no no for diabetics. Potatoes have 30+ gr of carbs in a med potatoes, and beans avg 32 gr in a cup. Forget it.

And please, no "fat free" anything. That is usu. equated with carbs and artificial food products. I have no idea what "fat free" cream is, but it has a huge list of ingredients on most of those cartons and I think it keeps a year or more and you can use it to wax your car or floor. Avoid that. Besides the fact it tastes horrid.

And do we really need a discussion about sausage? It's made from leftover meats that would be thrown away and usu. contains preservatives and MSG. I love the stuff, but keep it to a minimum in recipes and substitute ground sirloin, chicken or turkey breast. Make sure the pkg mentions the type of meat or ground meat may be "left overs." The serving size of 10 looks amazingly skimpy, probably to help hide the large carb content. It looks more like about 2 to 4, and the recipe is quite light on protein. You body has a huge amount of protein in it and much needs to be replenished daily. Unlike a cow with 3 stomachs we don't make proteins. So, .25 to .5 lb of sausage is fine (get organic, MSG type seasonings free), and I'd add another .5 lb of meat, esp. if you're serving men or kids 6 to 18, and the recipe should serve about 4 for 2 lbs of protein total.

Enough said

Low carb veggies, leafy green veggies, are all fine.
Also, home made chicken stock is preferred because it is more nutritional and you know what is in it. Soup mfgrs will say "spices" when the spices they buy might contain MSG and other soy processed flavorings which are not good.