Tuscan Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale

Not too long ago, Bill Bradley R.D. made this recipe in a regular pot on the stove. It was such a delicious recipe, we even brought it to a catering event for the first time and everyone loved it. There’s something about these flavors that just work so well together. There is so much flavor in the broth because the vegetables are sauteed in the sausage drippings and the olive oil. When all of these flavors combine with the chicken broth it creates an extremely flavorful broth. It was such a simple yet flavorful soup recipe, I thought it could work perfectly in the Instant Pot.  And Voila!  Instant Pot White Bean Soup.

Tuscan Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale

Sometimes, when recreating a recipe for the Instant Pot, the flavor isn’t exactly the same. In this recipe, the flavor is literally the same in the stovetop version as the new Instant Pot version. The difference is that you don’t need to simmer the soup for 30 minutes, it only takes 8 minutes for Tuscan Instant Pot White Bean Soup. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, here is the original version.

If you have men in the family who don’t like vegetable soups, this is a great soup for them. It has a lot of healthy vegetables and greens, along with a little bit of meat to make them happy too. This soup also has a saltiness to it that most men love. Getting guys to eat the real Mediterranean diet can be a little difficult, but by adding a little meat to a vegetable/bean recipe, it can make all the difference.

If you are a vegan or vegetarian, it’s really simple to make a vegan version of this soup. Just omit the sausage completely, and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. I have made this version and it’s super good. I didn’t miss the meat at all.

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Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

Tuscan Instant Pot White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale

George Zikos
4.66 from 20 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 518 kcal


  • 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage, depending on what you like, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-14 ounces cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 pound kale, stems removed and chopped


  • Set Instant Pot to Saute and wait 1 minute to heat up.
  • Add the sausage and cook for about 5 minutes, browning each side.
  • Add olive oil, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, rosemary, bay leaf. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add chicken broth, water, beans, kale. Stir.
  • Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent is set to "sealing". Set the manual time to 8 minutes.
  • After the timer runs out, manually release the pressure and enjoy!


Calories: 518kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 26gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 564mgPotassium: 1190mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5563IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 180mgIron: 6mg
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About the Author: George Zikos
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.


  1. TSR October 31, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    The recipe is good and easy. It was a fitting meal on the first real fall day in our area. I would also like to thank you for the helpful, but concise backstory for the recipe!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. November 1, 2021 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Yes! Soup is perfect for the beginning of fall. Glad you enjoyed it! Bill

  2. Terri Clark-Kveton October 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    4 stars
    I love making Tuscan sausage and kale soup with beans but I would alter one aspect of this recipe. I’d do the rubbed kale thing and add it in after the soup is finished but still very hot. That way the kale retains some “personality” and flavour as well as deep, green colour.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 25, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

      That is a great suggestion. Thank you! -Bill

  3. Janet August 3, 2020 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    My husband said that this is the best soup he ever tasted. I did make one substitution — we love lima beans, so we substituted the white beans with lima beans. I followed the recipe exactly for everything else, and it is absolutely delicious. We’ve already made it twice and plan to add it to our frequent rotation. Thank you for posting it!

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. August 7, 2020 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Glad you liked it. It’s one of my favorites too. Bill

      • Barb December 22, 2022 at 12:28 pm

        Best mock wedding soup our family ever had. Christmas day soup by demand, even grandkids love the sausage.

  4. Gary March 7, 2019 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    My 19 year old millennial said, “Thanks, dad, for making the soup, it was really good. Need I say more?

    Easy to make, quick and healthy. Too spicy for me ( I guess it was the sausage). I added a few more cups of water and it was much better.

    My colleagues at work liked the smell and could tell it was good just by looking at it.

    I hope you post more recipes for the instant pot — or adapt your current recipes for instant pot cooking.


    I started cooking only 10 months ago since I bought an instant pot.

    • George Zikos March 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      You needn’t say more! That’s great to hear. I’m also a millennial and I love this recipe. If you use sweet Italian sausage next time it shouldn’t be spicy. We are definitely going to post more recipes for the Instant Pot! This week’s recipe is Instant Pot Moroccan Chickpea Stew, check it out. We also plan to adapt more of our recipes like you said. Thanks so much for commenting Gary and I hope you continue to try our recipes in your Instant Pot!

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