Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Chili with Kale

Hot, hearty Italian-inspired chili with high-impact flavor
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Christine Friesenhahn

This hot, hearty Italian-inspired chili with high-impact flavor and beautiful color is a snap to make. Tell your nona you spent all day in the kitchen preparing it, so she won't think you're a slacker.

6
Servings
874
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2  Pounds  bulk Italian sausage, spicy or sweet
  • 8  Ounces  jar sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped, undrained
  • sixteen-ounce cans beans, such as BUSH’S garbanzo beans, drained
  • sixteen-ounce cans beans, such as BUSH’S cannellini beans, drained
  • sixteen-ounce can beans, such as BUSH'S great northern beans, drained
  • sixteen-ounce can beans, such as BUSH'S navy beans, drained
  • 2  Tablespoons  chicken base
  • quarts water
  • 1/2  Cup  cider vinegar
  • 4  Cups  chopped kale leaves, tightly packed
  • 8  Ounces  tomato paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1  Cup  pasta, such as dry Stelline (stars) pasta
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Directions

In stockpot or Dutch oven, crumble and brown the sausage. Add the tomatoes and oil, the canned beans, the chicken base, water, vinegar, and kale.

Gently stir in the tomato paste and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes until kale is softened.

Add pasta and cook for 15 minutes. Add additional salt or vinegar as desired to create a bright, flavorful broth.

Serve with crusty bread for sopping.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
43g
61%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
127mg
42%
Carbohydrate, by difference
72g
55%
Protein
50g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
52µg
7%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
301mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
13µg
14%
Calcium, Ca
261mg
26%
Choline, total
135mg
32%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
25µg
6%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
93mg
29%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
13mg
93%
Phosphorus, P
604mg
86%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
56µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1491mg
99%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
3µg
20%
Water
237g
9%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

White Bean Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

White Bean Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.