Spinach and beans provide folate for fighting heart disease and preventing birth defects in the early weeks of pregnancy.
There are many types of gourmet sausage on the market, including veal, turkey, pork, chicken and a combination of meats or poultry, that will work just as well in this white bean soup recipe. Some range from mild to hot and spicy while others are seasoned with a variety of herbs. White bean varieties include cannellini, butter, navy and soya beans.
Most soups will thicken if they are made ahead, refrigerated and reheated before serving. Should a soup get too thick, stir in enough extra stock or water to achieve the desired consistency.