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This Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup is hearty and comforting. Perfect on a chilly night.

If my dad had one frequent dinner request, it was my mom’s Bean Soup Recipe. Though that pot of bean soup had navy beans and ham, this version is just as delicious with mild Italian sausage and a rainbow of bell peppers!

Two terrines of Sausage Pepper and Bean Soup with 2 spoons

Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup

Can we all just agree it’s been a horrible winter? When the local forecasters start using phrases like Siberian Express, you know it’s going to be bitterly cold. Last year it was the Polar Vortex.

No matter how you want to brand this glut of sub-zero days, it’s definitely soup weather. I tend to prefer broth based soups over the cream laden variety, and I love adding Italian sausage for a spicy kick. This Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup hit all the marks!

From there, I tossed in lots of veggies, but focused on bell peppers plus some cannellini beans to make it more hearty for the hubby. Simple and comforting, all we needed was some crusty bread to complete our meal.

Make sure to scroll down to check out all the marvelous soup recipes shared by my Progressive Eats friends. They will both warm your bones and please your palate.

Overhead view of two bowls of Sausage Pepper and Bean Soup

February’s Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Soup’s On! and is hosted by Lauren Keating who blogs at Healthy. Delicious. Need some warming up? We can help!

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

Progressive Eats


Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Creole Black-Eyed Pea Soup from Never Enough Thyme
Old Fashioned Chicken Soup with Dumplings from Creative Culinary
Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Pressure Cooker Chorizo Chicken and Kale Soup from Pressure Cooking Today

Salads and Breads

Quinoa Beet Kale Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Gado Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad from Spice Roots
Buttermilk Herb Rolls from Stetted
Gluten-Free Corn Muffins with Jalapeno and Cheese from The Heritage Cook


Berry Soup Dessert Shooters from Miss in the Kitchen

Overhead view of a bowl Sausage Pepper and Bean Soup on a red napkin

Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup

Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup

A scrumptious soup with Italian sausage, bell peppers and cannellini beans

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2+ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, large dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage links, sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans


  1. Heat olive oil in soup/stock pot. Saute bell pepper for a few minutes, till slightly soft, but still bright in color. Remove from pan and set aside. Saute sausage till lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onions, garlic, carrots and celery to pan, adding more olive oil if needed. Cook till vegetables are tender. Add thyme and bay leaf and toss with vegetables and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Add beans and stock and simmer till hot. Return sausage and peppers to pot and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Serve hot.
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34 comments on “Sausage, Pepper and Bean Soup”

  1. Love the idea of progressive dinner ! I think I’m going to talk with my neighbourghs. Your recipe looks so good ! Here is raining the whole day and this delicious soup will be wellcome !

  2. Sounds nice and hearty, especially with the beans. Bring on spring:@)

  3. My guys would go completely crazy for this soup. So hearty and delicious!

  4. We are definitely in a deep freeze and today there is blowing snow to boot!!! A perfect kind of soup for a day like this Liz – it sounds delicious and the bread has my mouth watering. I’m with you on the broth based soups too. Stay cozy!

  5. I probably won’t hear a word on the dinner table with this soup except nom nom nom!! And finally it will be oh that was so good! I love recipes like these that are comforting and hearty!!

  6. We’re still aboard the Siberian Express up here, too – so I want to work my way through each of the soups on the list today! I love the sound of this, brothy soups are my favorite as well, and all those chunks of sausage, beans, and veggies are the perfect complement!

  7. I totally agree with you Liz, broth based soups are my favourite too. They are so comforting and not as heavy feeling as the creamed versions (although I virtually never use cream). I love the addition of the Italian sausage in this lovely dish, it’s only 9:30 am and I’m already thinking of lunch because of your post!
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, it’s been 10 years since my Mom passed away and I still miss her.

  8. What a hearty and delicious soup!

  9. Love how hearty this soup is, and your pretty white crocks.

  10. Liz, oh my goodness. . it’s SO cold .. crazy crazy. . all I want is soup right now. . love this sausage pepper bean soup! I am making something similar today!!!

  11. Just looking at this soup helps to warm me a bit; loving the idea of sausage Liz. Um Um good!

  12. I’m with you Liz, broth-based soups are my favorites. I love how beautiful and healthy this bowl of pure deliciousness is! 🙂

  13. What a hearty bowl of comfort – it has been freezing here in the Northeast! This is what I’m craving!

  14. I hear you, Liz…especially since you just came back from your sunny vacation. This soup is heartwarming and brings a happy smile.

  15. It certainly is soup weather, as you said, Liz! This soup is perfect for warming the soul and the tummy! Hope you’re doing well; I think of you often.
    Big cyber-hugs,

  16. Looks like just the sort of soup one needs after a snowball fight with siblings. Somehow any hint of a Siberian anything has missed us in SoCal…It’s been in the 70s mostly…Always welcome to visit…But then again you wouldn’t have the great excuse to cook up that bone warming soup =)

  17. I am always craving soup especially in this frigid weather. Love this heart and delicious soup!

  18. Yup, weather has stunk, hasn’t it? So we’ve been doing a ton of soup lately too! This is perfect — a dish we’d like. Thanks for this.

  19. My little daughter is always asking for soup, so I have to make sure I always have some for her. I do prefer broth soup too rather then the creamy ones, and this one looks wonderful. Will try for my daughters soon.

  20. This sounds like the perfect dinner to have tonight. Too bad I can’t actually get to the store to get the ingredients. 🙁 (just a little icy here)

  21. This looks like a delicious and hardy soup. I don,t want a bowl I want a bath fool to warm up in. Global warming?

  22. Yes, I can definitely agree that it’s a horrible winter. But then I say that every winter. Growing up in northeast Iowa has me more appreciative of central Indiana winters being a bit nicer but I’m still not on friendly terms with it. Not by a long shot. Your soup choice looks absolutely wonderful, and those little rolls peeking out have my attention as well, especially that dark brown one with the toppings. YUM all around.

  23. There is nothing like a good soup to soothe and warm the soul. Love the white beans and I adore Italian sausage. What is not to like?

  24. This soups looks so hearty and delicious! I love the kind of soups that warms my bones. 🙂

  25. i just adore sausage and peppers together, sometimes I just do sausage and peppers over rice but love the idea of combining them in a soup

  26. I’m always up for any kind of bean soup. Those cannellini beans plus the sausage and peppers = deliciousness in a bowl!

  27. I love this colorful soup! What a perfect meal for a cold winter’s night.

  28. Snow again today, so this soup is looking really good! (Actually, it would look just as good to me without the snow.) I do crave soup though in cold weather. I love the sausage and chunky vegetables in this. 🙂

  29. Liz, that soup screams comfort! Wonderfully captured! Love it!

  30. Lizzy,
    You’re not kidding, this winter has been tough. I’m getting tired of shoveling and chipping away at ice. A big bowl of your soup would definitely warm the heart.

  31. What a wholesome soup, delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. This hearty soup will be on my mind until I make it. We go through lots of Italian sausage around here and I know Mr. Sweet Sensations would love this!

  33. What a lovely soup, Liz! And I love that it’s ready in 40 minutes!!! We’re heading today to the mountains where it’s cold, and this will be perfect for dinner!

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