Italian Sausage and 15 Bean Soup

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
I love 15 kinds of bean soups, in chili, and especially in this Italian sausage soup is bursting with flavor.

The real beauty of this basic bean soup is you can use anything from fresh Italian sausage to leftover pot roast, chicken or any other kinds of meat I will give you a list of suggestions for.

Ok, so you can't find 15 beans in one package? Buy several kinds you like and mix them together no problem.

Fifteen bean soup has all kinds of lentils, lima beans, some kidney beans that are red or white and those are just to name a few.

I have made this soup so many different ways and my family always comes back to loving that Italian spicy hot flavored sausage.

It's so rich and full of every nutrient and vitamin and easy to make on the stovetop, pressure cooker or slow cooker.

We just love homemade soups and a favorite Italian Minestrone Soup.

Another great way to using 15 beans, is in a barbecue sauce called Cowboy Style Beans with Barbecue Sauce these are so delicious!

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this is a 15 bean soup made with ham bone in a rich broth

this is a sausage and ham bone 15 bean soup

The Benefits of Beans

These 15 kinds of various beans make the best soup and the ultimate comfort food.

They have all the natural vitamins in them and so healthy,

Besides being a great source of protein, beans are full of nutrients, including copper, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, as well as protein and fiber that give great health benefits.

Meals can be made for pennies and perfect when you're on a budget.

this is a huge pot of 15 bean soup

Cooking Methods

  • Stovetop: ( in a 6 to 8-quart saucepan around 2 1/2 hours)
  • Pressure Cooker: (soak beans first or pressure cook for 1 hour) 35 minutes for the soup after beans are softened
  • Slow Cooker: Place on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 6 hour

this is a ham bone boiling in an 8 quart soup pot

Ingredients for Italian Sausage and 15 Bean Soup

  • 15 kinds of dried beans
  • mild or hot Italian sausage sliced or use a pork shank bone, ham bone with meat, any kind of meat chicken, steak, kielbasa, and you can also use bacon crumbled cooked bacon or pancetta.
  • vegetable broth or chicken broth canned or homemade
  • water
  • celery stalk chopped
  • carrots
  • onion chopped fine
  • fresh basil
  • Italian seasoning, garlic powder, parsley or more to taste
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • cayenne pepper optional
  • optional: diced tomatoes, spinach, cubed zucchini 

these are 15 beans being rinsed under water

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Easy To Make Healthy To Eat

If you love beans and soup, this is a big win for a comforting bowl of soup.

All 15 beans in one bowl a rich broth, simple and inexpensive to make equals a healthy wonderful meal for your family.

With the addition of some vegetable suggestions, this soup is a hearty, healthy bowl of deliciousness!

Italian Sausage and 15 Bean Soup

Italian Sausage and 15 Bean Soup

Yield: 12
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 2 H & 30 MTotal time: 2 H & 45 M
This is a 15 bean Italian style soup, however it can be flavored with any meat you have. I love this with chicken or leftover pork roast, steak or any roast with a bone you may have. This feeds a large family inexpensively and perfect way to get a second meal out of any meat you serve. Any kinds of sausage make this soup fantastic or even bacon!


  • 1 bag 15 kinds of dried beans (soaked overnight, or boiled on low for 1 hour get all the dirt particles off and to make softened.)
  • Note: I do not use the seasoning packet it comes with the beans.
  • 1 pound mild or hot Italian sausage sliced or use a pork shank bone, ham bone with meat, any kind of meat chicken, steak, kielbasa, and you can also use bacon crumbled cooked bacon or pancetta.
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth or chicken broth canned or homemade
  • water
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 2  leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon each Italian seasoning, garlic powder, parsley or more to taste
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • cayenne pepper optional
  • optional 1 can diced tomatoes, spinach, cubed zucchini


How to cook Italian Sausage and 15 Bean Soup

  1. In a large 8-quart soup pan, saute 3 tablespoon olive oil with garlic for one minute.
  2. Add sausage or whatever meat your using and proceed to saute.
  3. Add the vegetable or chicken broth, herbs spices,  and any vegetables you like into the pot. 
  4. Add the beans and cover with water around 2 inches below the top of the pan and simmer until beans are completely softened and soup is fragrant around 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  5. Add more water if it starts to evaporate.
  6. You can also make this in the slow-cooker on high 4 to 6 hours.
  7. Pressure Cooker: cook the beans first for 1 hour on high pressure.. Then add all the ingredients and pressure cook 35 more minutes follow the instructions in your manual.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Adore bean dishes...this looks hearty and delicious.

  2. Yum! A new bean soup to try. It can't be bad with beans and sausage.

  3. Yummy looking healthy soup, will sure keep me warm and full.

  4. Wow - 15 different kinds of beans! Beans and sausage go together so well as comfort food.

  5. What a delicious, healthy, hearty soup! It's so cold here that soup may be a regular dinner till spring! So thanks for the inspiration!!! are so sweet about my photos...I think I've finally figured out white balance, lighting, etc. Only took 2 1/2 years! I've actually gone back to my less expensive lens. Thanks for the made my day :)

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  7. Hey, there is nothing wrong with this soup, but it is the 15 bean chili that I saw on Blogger Dashboard that I as trying to find... I bet it will show back up in a day or two... the wine in the chili sounds very intriguing ... have a great weekend

  8. Oh what fun! I love the light humor of your blog! Ok-I love the packaged 15 bean soup-but it will be even better now with your recipe add ins! Thanks!
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  9. Never met a bean soup I didn't like and this sounds very delicious!

  10. My husband loves bean soup, and the addition of Italian sausage just makes this absolutely wonderful!

  11. What a fantastic soup! I love beans and this one had every kind imaginable in it! And that Italian sausage added just enough spice along with the garlic. It was just what I needed for dinner on this rainy night.


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