Kielbasa and White Bean Soup

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When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can match the hearty and soul-warming appeal of a well-crafted soup.

This kielbasa and white bean soup is a delicious blend of smoky kielbasa sausage, tender white beans, and a medley of vegetables, all simmered together in a creamy, savory broth.

This comforting soup is easy to make and is perfect for any season. #soupallyear

Two bowls of kielbasa and white bean soup sitting with two spoons.

What Makes This Kielbasa and White Bean Soup so Tasty

The key to this soup’s incredible flavor lies in the combination of ingredients. The smoky richness of kielbasa sausage complements the mild and creamy nature of Great Northern white beans.

When paired with onions, carrots, and garlic, the result is a blend of savory and slightly sweet that works perfectly in this soup. The Worcestershire sauce adds depth, while the chicken broth and milk provide the creamy, savory base.

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Two bowls of kielbasa soup sitting two spoons and a piece of bread.

Here’s The Step-by-step Instructions to Making This Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 rings kielbasa sausage (12 ounces each, cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic (or 2 cloves of garlic, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cans Great Northern white beans (drained and lightly rinsed)
  • Parsley (for garnish)
Two bowls of soup, topped with parsley sitting with pieces of bread.

Instructions:

  1. In a large soup pot, cook the kielbasa slices over medium heat until they turn golden brown and release their smoky aroma. Remove the kielbasa and set it aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the chopped onions, carrots, and garlic. Sauté them until they become tender and aromatic, about 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir to create a roux, which will help thicken the soup.
  4. Gradually add the chicken broth and milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. This will create a creamy and savory base for the soup.
  5. Return the cooked kielbasa to the pot, and add Worcestershire sauce, sea salt, and pepper for seasoning.
  6. Gently fold in the drained and rinsed Great Northern white beans, allowing them to absorb the flavors of the soup.
  7. Simmer the soup for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally until it thickens and the flavors meld together beautifully.
  8. Once the soup is ready, ladle it into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve piping hot.
Kielbasa soup in the pan with a ladle in it.

Storing Kielbasa and White Bean Soup

If you have leftovers or want to prepare this soup in advance, it’s easy to store. Simply transfer the cooled soup into airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze the soup for up to 3 months.

Tip

This soup freezes great in stackable gallon size Ziplock bags. Let it cool completely, then ladle it into the bag. Leave a little room at the top for expansion. Then lay it completely flat and freeze. This will save space in your freezer and make storage easy.

A bowl of soup with a spoon in it sitting with a piece of bread.

Dressing Up Your Soup

While this soup is incredibly delicious on its own, you can always experiment with toppings and side dishes to make it even more special. Here are some ideas:

  • Crusty Bread: Serve your soup with a warm, crusty baguette or a slice of garlic bread for a delightful crunch and contrast in texture.
  • Cheese: Grate some Parmesan, cheddar, or Gruyère cheese on top for an extra layer of richness.
  • Fresh Herbs: Besides parsley, try garnishing with fresh thyme, rosemary, or chives for a burst of herbal freshness.
  • Chili Flakes: Add a touch of heat with red pepper flakes if you prefer a spicier kick.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted Brussels sprouts or asparagus make for excellent side dishes that complement the soup’s flavors.
  • Cornbread: A slice of sweet, crumbly cornbread is the perfect partner for this hearty soup. Its slightly sweet, buttery notes are a wonderful contrast to the savory richness of the soup.
  • Fresh Green Salad: Balance the richness of the soup with a crisp, fresh green salad. A mix of leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a zesty vinaigrette will add a refreshing touch to your meal.
A bowl of soup with dried parsley on top  and a spoon in it.

Questions About This Recipe

Yes. You could use navy beans or even Cannellini beans, but these beans tend to be a bit firmer than Great Northern white beans, so the texture will vary slightly.

Yes! Let it cool completely then place it in an airtight container or gallon size Ziplock bag. Remove most of the air, but leave a little space for the soup to expand when it freezes. It’ll keep in the freezer for several months.

When you’re ready to eat it the soup, let it thaw in the fridge the night before, then heat it in a saucepan over medium heat until warm all the way through.

Absolutely! Just leave out the sausage. To replace the volume try adding an extra can of beans, mushrooms, or cauliflower pieces in place of the sausage.

Stovetop Method:

  1. Place the desired amount of soup in a saucepan or a large pot.
  2. Heat the soup over low to medium heat. Stir occasionally to ensure even heating.
  3. Reheat until the soup reaches the desired temperature, which should take about 10-15 minutes.

Microwave Method:

  1. Transfer the soup into a microwave-safe container and cover to prevent splatter during heating.
  2. Heat the soup in the microwave in short intervals, typically around 1-2 minutes at medium power.
  3. After each interval, stir the soup to ensure even heating and check its temperature. Continue microwaving in short bursts until the soup is hot.

Kielbasa and white bean soup is a hearty and flavorful soup that’s perfect for any occasion all year long. Its rich combination of ingredients, straightforward and easy preparation make it a go-to recipe for busy weeknights or chilly weekend afternoons alike.

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Kielbasa and White Bean Soup

By: Kristine Underwood
This kielbasa and white bean soup is the perfect blend of smoky kielbasa sausage, tender white beans, and a medley of vegetables, all simmered together in a creamy, savory broth. Perfect for any season, this is a comforting and satisfying soup that will soothe your cravings for a hearty, homemade meal anytime.
4.85 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soup, Stew, & Chili
Cuisine American
Servings 8 bowls
Calories 453 kcal

ingredients
 
 

  • 24 ounces kielbasa sausage (2 rings, cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves of garlic chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cans Great Northern white beans (drained and lightly rinsed)
  • parsley (for garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Lightly spray the bottom of a large stock pot with Ghee spray or non-stick cooking spray.
  • Heat pot over medium heat. When warm, add the sliced kielbasa and cook for 10 minutes, until brown on both sides.
    24 ounces kielbasa sausage
  • When the kielbasa is cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pan and set it aside. Leave remaining drippings in the pan.
  • Add the chopped onion, carrots, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to the drippings in the pot and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the carrots start to soften and the onion becomes translucent.
    1 yellow onion, 2 carrots, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and mix it well. Cook for an additional minute.
    1/4 cup flour
  • Pour in the chicken broth, milk, and Worcestershire sauce and mix well.
    3 cups chicken broth, 1 cup milk, 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • Add the cooked kielbasa and beans back to the pot and stir to incorporate evenly.
    2 cans Great Northern white beans
  • Heat soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The soup will thicken as it simmers.
  • Serve soup in bowls, garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowlCalories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 22gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 1303mgPotassium: 869mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2584IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 145mgIron: 5mg
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16 Comments

  1. I loved all the flavors in this delicious soup. It’s very hearty and filling – my husband had two bowls!5 stars

    1. Hahaha, so did mine, Andrea! I love it, thank you so much for the review and I’m thrilled you enjoyed the soup.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Really enjoyed this soup, but there wasn’t much broth. I added an extra cup of beef broth to thin it out a little. Perfection!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Jacqueline! Yes, you’re right – this is a thick and hearty soup. If you prefer a thinner soup, adding more broth is definitely the way to go. So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Youโ€™re right, there is a a little sweetness here that adds a wonderful flavor!5 stars

    1. I love to hear it, Eirk – thank you! I appreciate the review.

  4. This was such a hearty and satisfying stew! We served it with some crusty bread for dinner tonight and it was a hit!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad, Anjali! That’s my favorite side for it too – give me all the bread!

  5. Now this is my kind of comfort food! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved everything about this soup. So good!5 stars

  6. Kristine, I just wanted to say this soup is wonderful. Thick, creamy, and very filling. We loved it. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Oh my gosh Jan, thank you so much! I mean, I agree, but I appreciate the kind words and I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed the soup!

  7. This is delicious. I use Hot Smoked Sausage. Which have it a nice kick. Hubby lived it. Will definitely go on my soup rotation.5 stars

    1. Hi Lori! I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup – it’s one of our favorites too. Sometimes I get wild and add potatoes too, it’s really good too. Thank you for the review, I really appreciate it!

  8. Just made this soup, very good. Can I freeze my leftovers?5 stars

    1. Hi Rosie! So glad you enjoyed the soup. Absolutely, it freezes great either in a Ziplock bag or an airtight container. Just make sure it’s cool before you pack it up. Thanks so much for the review – I appreciate it!