To my utter discontent, it is still winter. The days might have started getting longer again but it’s still grey and cold outside. In other words, a nice hearty soup is always a good idea. I had a white cabbage laying around and was looking for some inspiration. On the internet I stumbled across a Tuscan white bean soup with salsiccia. I was intrigued and developed a dead-easy variant. And I hit the bullseye with it (even though the Tuscans would probably disagree!).
I’ll let you in on my secret straight away: heaps of garlic! So keep that in mind if you’re planning on making this soup for a date. Another small caveat: the beans & cabbage combo tends to induce flatulence. So another thing to keep in mind for a date! :-p
Heat a cooking pot with a generous dash of oil. While it heats, cut the sausage into thick pieces of a about a finger’s breadth. Fry the sausage in the hot oil until it turns golden brown. Try to stir as little as possible.
In the meantime, peel the onion and the garlic. Cut the onion in half and into crescents.
Take the fried sausage out of the pot (it doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through) and put it aside. Turn the heat lower and lightly fry the onion crescents.
Cut the white cabbage into chunks that are small enough to eat with a spoon. Add it to the pot and fry briefly.
Cut the tomato into big chunks. Strain the beans and rinse them until they stop foaming.
Turn the heat back up, add the tomatoes and the beans. Press the garlic over the pot and pour in 600 ml of hot/boiling water. Crumble the bouillon cube over the water and bring to a boil under lid. Then leave it to boil for about 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, add the fried sausage back in and leave it to boil for about a minute. Season with pepper and salt. Stir in the baby spinach at the very end and serve!
*Use big white beans and not small ones. The big ones look and taste much better and can take a 15 minute boil without getting too soft. If you prefer little beans, add them after the soup has been boiling for 10 minutes already.
Tip: If you like tomatoes, feel free to add a spoonful of tomato puree.
Tip: of course you can easily turn this soup vegetarian or replace the sausage with bacon.
Tip: This soup is an entire meal in itself but you can always serve bread at the side.