Back on the crazy train of Texas weather it’s back to soup time! This recipe is made in the Instapot, but can easily be done on the stove as well. The soup came out with a lot of flavor and not to mention it’s a nice combo of ingredients over the common creamy soups.

Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Sausage & Vegetables
(Adapted from Good in the Simple)

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1 lb bag dry navy beans, or other white beans of choice, soaked for several hours* (see notes)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
14 oz smoked turkey sausage, sliced into medallions (I used Italian Sausage)
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
7 cups vegetable broth
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
1/4 tsp black pepper

Using the sauté function, add olive oil and cook sausage until browned.

Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for one minute. Turn sauté off.

Rinse the beans and add them to the pot, along with all remaining ingredients.

Set to pressure cook (manual) on high for 20 minutes.

When finished, quick release the steam valve.

Open and season with additional salt and/or pepper to taste.

To thicken the soup, use a wooden spoon to smash some of the beans against the side of the pot.

Serve with warm, crusty bread.

Notes
For best results, I recommend soaking the beans in water for 2-3 hours before cooking, or all day if you’d like to soak them in the morning before work and then cook the soup at night. I’ve made this successfully without soaking the beans at all, and set the IP for 25 minutes instead of 20, but some have mentioned that their beans aren’t fully cooked this way, so I’m guessing the brand/variety of bean may be a factor. When in doubt, just soak the beans for a few hours prior to cooking.

For meal planning purposes, keep in mind that it takes about 20 minutes for the IP to come to pressure before it starts the 20 minutes of cooking time.

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