Italian Black Bean, Sausage and Spinach Soup

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Italian Black Bean, Sausage and Spinach Soup Recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

There is just something about tomatoes and Italian spices simmering that never fails to make me smile. Luckily for me, everyone in my family shares this love of Italian flavors.

One of my favorite meats to include in a soup is sausage. If you choose a spicy or hot variety, the sausage alone will bring a great deal of flavor to the soup. Along with some tomatoes, beans and baby spinach, this was a really great combination of flavors that every member of the family enjoyed.

My middle son ate three bowls of this soup and told me twice that it was a two thumbs up meal.

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This is a flavorful, quick and simple soup that can be on the table, start to finish in about half an hour. This soup has been a  favorite in my family for a couple years now and it has become one of my favorite meals for busy nights.

The recipe requires just five or so minutes of hands on time. It comes together so easily and turns out perfectly every single time!

Tender potatoes and cannelini beans are simmered in a rich, flavorful broth full of Italian spices. There is just a touch of heat from red pepper flakes; feel free to adjust the amount of heat according to your tastes.

Italian Black Bean, Sausage and Spinach Soup Recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Italian Black Bean, Sausage and Spinach Soup

5 from 3 votes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 pound hot sausage
  • 28 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning adjust to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth or 6 cups water, plus 2 tablespoons Better than Bouillon chicken base- if you've managed to run out of broth in the freezer.
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
  • 3 big handfuls spinach roughly chopped or torn if large pieces, about 6 cups
  • Freshly grated Parmesan or pecorino romano for topping
  • Optional: 2 cups cooked small pasta such as rotini elbow, or ditalini *


  • Cook and crumble the sausage in the bottom of a large soup pot or dutch oven. Once the sausage is cooked, add all the remaining ingredients (except for the spinach) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or so. Taste the broth and adjust the seasonings as needed. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Let it simmer just until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Ladle into bowls and add a scoop of cooked pasta to each, if desired. Top with cheese. Enjoy!
  • * I love using leftover pasta for this recipe. I make a little extra pasta with another meal a day or two in advance when I am planning to make this soup.
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{Recipe originally published 3/05/2012 ~ recipe updated 12/15/13}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lorraine Blakeney says

    Sautéed a small onion with the sausage and used basil and oregano and few shakes of Slap your Mama spice instead of Italian seasoning. I used a carton of chicken broth and added extra water. Used the whole carton of spinach. Very happy with result.

  2. Janis schoenemann says

    Another great keeper!!! This is why this site is my first stop when looking for a dinner idea. This was super easy and so flavorful. Even my not fan of soup 20 year old thought it was great. I used chicken sausage and because I don’t like chunks of tomato I subbed a 28oz can of tomato purée and it was awesome.5 stars

  3. Kerri says

    Easy and absolutely delicious! I add 2 more cups of stock, 2 more cans of black beans (rinsed, drained), extra Italian seasoning, and skipped the salt.5 stars