Mom’s Spicy Sausage & White Bean Soup

1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 Tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
3/4 lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 small head escarole or kale, chopped into 1- to 2-inch pieces, washed, and lightly dried
1 cup low-salt canned chicken broth
1-1/2 tsp. red-wine or red wine vinegar; more to taste
Kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

2 tbs. chopped sundried tomatoes


Heat the oil in a heavy 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the sausage, raise the heat to medium high, and cook, stirring and breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon or spatula until lightly browned and broken into small (1-inch) pieces, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the beans. Add the escarole to the pot in batches; using tongs, toss with the sausage mixture to wilt the escarole and make room for more.

When all the escarole or kale is in, add the chicken broth, cover the pot, and cook until the beans are heated through and the escarole is tender, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with the vinegar and salt. Transfer to bowls and sprinkle each portion with some of the Parmigiano.

Freezes well.