Quick and soothing, our healthy zuppa Toscana (Italian for Tuscan soup) is a light and refreshingly simple blend of creamy white beans, classic herbs and savory sausage. Serve with whole-grain bread on the side.
1 15-oz BPA-free can white kidney (aka cannellini) beans, drained and rinsed
Olive oil cooking spray
1 1/2 all-natural Italian turkey sausages, casings removed
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach
In a medium saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil on medium. Add carrot, celery and onion and sauté, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, rosemary, fennel and pepper flakes and sauté for 1 to 2 more minutes. Add broth and 1 cup water. Cover, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir in beans, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mist a medium skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add sausages and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Remove soup from heat and carefully transfer 1 cup soup to a blender. Remove plastic stopper from blender lid and hold a kitchen towel over lid to allow steam to escape. Blend until smooth, then return to saucepan. Heat saucepan on medium and bring to a simmer.
To saucepan, add spinach and reduce heat to low. Simmer until leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in sausage and remove from heat.