Saturday, January 21, 2017

Smoked Turkey Sausage, White Bean and Pesto Soup #SoupSwappers

The weekend is here along with a new group I am posting with: Soup Saturday Swappers. The group selects a theme and posts our recipe on the assigned date. I love soup so this was immediately something I wanted to try out! The theme for this month is: Healthy Soups. A perfect theme for the new year when everyone is being a little more health conscious. 

I was originally thinking of doing a light version of a cream based soup, but I opted for something a little different. We love pesto and I know it would be perfect along side a hearty white bean soup with a little turkey sausage and a sprinkle of feta cheese.  I know that sausage is not traditionally healthy, but I used a turkey variety to lighten things up. I also opted for a sprinkle of feta, but you could easily leave this off if you wanted to reduce calories a touch more. 

My family loved this and it was the perfect meal on one of our particularly ice cold nights. 

I love that this soup eats like a meal. Sometimes I struggle with the light veggie based soups because I find myself hungry shortly after eating them! That certainly is not a problem with this soup- crammed full of beans and turkey sausage in a flavorful pesto broth. 

This weekend Ron is off to play cards and the boys and I are having a get together with my friend Kayla and a taco bar! We are also really looking forward to the Packer game on Sunday! Green Bay started rallies and other types of events yesterday- Go Pack Go! 

Stick around for next month when we make get inspired by international recipes!


1 lb Smoke Turkey Sausage, halved and sliced
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 (15.8 oz) cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1/3 cup basil pesto 
4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
Crumbles Feta Cheese, optional


In a medium soup pot, cook sausage and onion with olive oil over medium heat till onion becomes tender. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add beans, pesto, and chicken broth. Bring to a low simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Serve in bowls with a bit of feta on top if desired. 

Serves 4. 


  1. With the weather we are having, this soup is simply perfection in a bowl!

    great choice for this month! Looking forward to the next... I already have a soup in mind....

  2. Hubby loves a soup with substance and this would be it. Sausage and beans are always a good combination in soup! I miss SRC but I am so pleased to be back in a group. I'm happy to be cooking and blogging with you!

  3. This sounds like the perfect combination of flavors! Love the addition of sausage and feta! Happy inaugural Soup Swapper Saturday!

  4. Perfect soup for a cold winter's day. I love the addition of goat cheese.

  5. Pesto in soup...brilliant! I'm really going to have to do something with that idea!

  6. Pesto and Goat cheese? What a winner! I love this. P~

  7. My husband saw this and said, we are making this next week! Yay!

  8. Love the addition of turkey sausage, filling and yet lower in calories.

  9. I have never used pesto in a soup - as a drizzle yes - but cooked in, no. Will have to give it a try. I usually "put up" pesto at the end of summer. Thanks for the recipe.