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Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup

Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a favorite of the cold weather season. Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of delicious warm soup this time of the year? Packed with hot Italian sausage, spicy capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm, flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.

Florida’s weather has been up and down this winter/early spring. We went from freezing our hind ends off when it was dropping down to the 20’s here in Central Florida, to melting the next week when our temps soared 15-20 degrees higher than our average temps. Can you say crazy? Don’t get me wrong; I love our winters, and I’m not a massive fan of the sweltering heat may through October.

 

Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a favorite of the cold weather season. Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of delicious warm soup this time of the year? Packed with hot Italian sausage, hot capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.I decided I had better get in a big pot of one of my favorites, Tuscan Vegetable, and Bean Soup before we hit the warmer weather or my better half will catch an attitude if I make it during the warmer months. He will not even look at soup once it hits about 74 and above. Trust me on this one, friends. Just out of curiosity, do you eat soup all year round or only in the cold weather?

 

 

 

Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a favorite of the cold weather season. Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of delicious warm soup this time of the year? Packed with hot Italian sausage, hot capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.Soup is one of those versatile menu items that pretty much anyone can toss together quickly for lunch or dinner. Soup is forgiving; soup also doesn’t judge you when you are under the weather. Soup tries to comfort you on those days; soup even doesn’t mind if you’re in your pajamas because your too cold or lazy to get dressed on a cold day. That’s why I love soup.

 

 

 

Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a favorite of the cold weather season. Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of delicious warm soup this time of the year? Packed with hot Italian sausage, hot capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.Looking at all those fabulous ingredients in that bowl, I could go for another bowl of this incredible Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup, could you? Just imagine having some oven-hot fresh-baked crusty Italian bread to mop up the broth. Oh my, how deliciously tempting, isn’t it? What are you waiting for? Check your pantry and fridge to see if you have the ingredients needed to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed 

  • One pound of cooked hot Italian sausage links cooked and sliced
  • Two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two ounces deli-sliced hot capicola chopped
  • One yellow onion, chopped
  • Five cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Two carrots halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • Two stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • Two carrots, thinly sliced
  • Two 15-ounce can of  organic cannellini beans
  • Two 15-ounce can organic diced tomatoes
  • One cup of organic frozen peas
  • Three cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • Three tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 of a cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Two tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups of cooked Ditalini pasta- al dente

 

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions

  1. Can I use mild Italian sausage instead of hot Italian sausage? If you prefer the mild by all means, feel free to use it in the recipe for Tuscan Bean Soup.
  2. What is Hot Capicola ham?  Capicola is deli meat used in most Italian Hoagie or Italian Subs.  It is made from the pork shoulder butt that has been soaked in brine then cooked. Capicola is usually seasoned with hot pepper flakes, salt, and garlic. It has a marbled appearance and a savory bold, rich flavor.
  3. I don’t have yellow onions can I use Vidalia onions or another type of onion instead? I would not use a sweet onion such as Vidalia in the recipe. I would suggest a white onion instead as believe it or not; it does change the flavor of the soup drastically.
  4.  Can I use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth? Vegetable broth is a preferred ingredient in this recipe. Still, if desired, you can make subtle changes if necessary; however, it does change the integrity of this recipe and the taste of the soup.
  5. I do not have fresh parsley or fresh basil; what can I do? Fresh parsley is recommended over dried parsley due to the drastic differences in taste. However, dried basil can be used in place of fresh basil if need be. 
  6. What is Ditalini Pasta? Ditalini pasta is a type of pasta that is shaped like tiny tubes. The translation from the Italian language to English is *small thimbles*. It has been described as thimble-sized or as a very short macaroni. Ditalini pasta can be used in Pasta e Fagioli, Minestrone, or any other classic Italian-American pasta soup.
  7. How long can I store the Tuscan bean soup in the refrigerator? If stored in an air-tight container, the soup will safely last 3-4 days in a fridge. 
  8. Can I freeze this soup recipe? Absolutely! You can safely store the soup in a freezer-safe air-tight container for 1-2 months.

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 21 votes
Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a favorite of the cold weather season. Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of delicious warm soup this time of the year? Packed with hot Italian sausage, hot capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.
Tuscan Bean Soup
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Packed with hot Italian sausage, hot capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Beans, Soup, Tuscan
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 452 kcal
Author: Heidy McCallum
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of cooked hot Italian sausage links cooked and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces deli-sliced hot capicola chopped
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 carrots halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 15- ounce can of cannellini beans
  • 2 15- ounce can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup organic frozen peas
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 of cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups of cooked Ditalini- al dente
Instructions
  1. Cook 1 pound of Italian sausage links till browned, remove from pan and place on platter to cool, slice into rounds.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the capicola, red onion and minced garlic. Cook, stirring, until the onion softens, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and celery. Cook, stirring, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the hot Italian sausage, cannellini beans, tomatoes, peas, 3 cups vegetable broth, the Parmesan,1/4 of cup chopped flat leaf parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat source, ladle into soup bowls over cooked Ditalini pasta, and serve with warm crusty bread.
  4. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a favorite of the cold weather season. Hot, comforting, and packed with amazing flavor to make you smile on a chilly day. Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of delicious warm soup this time of the year? Packed with hot Italian sausage, hot capicola, cannellini beans, celery, carrots, peas, diced tomatoes, and even tiny pasta, in a warm flavorful vegetable broth to fill your belly on a chilly day.

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenn
    January 14, 2020 at 9:41 am

    This is a terrific Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup – I have made it just like the recipe listed, and also made it with whatever vegetables I’ve had on hand. It comes out excellent every time!

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      hmccallum
      January 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Hey there, Ms. Jenn. Always great to hear positive comments on a blog post. I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed the recipe.
      H

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    Demeter
    January 14, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I love how fully loaded with beans and sausage this soup is! Definitely what I want on a cold, dreary day to warm up. This Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup Looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you, so much, Demeter. I appreciate the wonderful comment on the Tuscan Bean Soup.
      I hope you enjoy it!
      H

  • Reply
    safira
    January 14, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Love the look of this Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup recipe. I am watching what I eat in January and this looks perfect for that. I Can’t wait to make it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 14, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Good afternoon, Safria! Thank you for stopping by and good luck getting back on track. Happy New year!

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    Deanne
    January 14, 2020 at 8:25 am

    The flavors in this hearty Tuscan Vegetable and Bean soup are so perfect for this time of year. Delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 14, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Good afternoon, Deanne! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing positive vibes on the recipe.

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    kimscravings
    January 14, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Love this Tuscan Vegetable and Bean soup recipe! It was so easy and had so much flavor. I will be making this again for sure!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 14, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you, Kim. I appreciate the awesome feedback on the soup recipe.
      Have a wonderful day.
      H

  • Reply
    Suzy
    August 28, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    This Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is my go-to meal when the weather starts to turn cool! We love it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 30, 2019 at 8:43 am

      Thank you, Suzy, so glad you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Noelle
    August 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    This Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup is a perfect fall soup! Love all the flavors

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 30, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thank you, Noelle, Fall is right around the corner too! I can’t wait!

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    Cathy
    August 28, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    This Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup looks delicious! I make soup all year round and this one here had me at Tuscan! 🙂

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Thank you, Cathy, I love eating soup all yearlong too–my husband only does the cold months

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    Jess at BlessHerHeartYall.com
    August 28, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Woah! What a yummy bowl of Tuscan Vegetable and Bean Soup deliciousness! I will have to make this for my boyfriend! He LOVES beans! YUM!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 30, 2019 at 8:46 am

      Hey there, Jess, thanks for stopping by- let me know how he likes it.

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