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White Bean and Sausage Soup alla Canavese Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound of Italian sausage, casings removed
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh parsley for garnish

Special equipment needed: None

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon.
2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to the pot. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
3. Add the white beans, chicken broth, bay leaf, and thyme to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20-25 minutes.
4. Remove the bay leaf from the pot and discard. Use an immersion blender or transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth.
5. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, garnished with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Preparation time is 15 minutes and cooking time is 35 minutes.
5. Temperature: Medium heat.
Serving size: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional information: Each serving contains approximately 350 calories, 20g of protein, 25g of carbohydrates, 18g of fat, and 6g of fiber.

Substitutions for ingredients: You can use any type of sausage you prefer, such as turkey or chicken sausage. You can also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version of the soup.

Variations: You can add other vegetables to the soup, such as zucchini or spinach. You can also add cooked pasta or rice to make the soup more filling.

Tips and tricks: To make the soup creamier, you can add a splash of heavy cream or half-and-half. You can also use canned white beans or cook your own from scratch.

Storage instructions: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions: Reheat the soup in a pot over medium heat until heated through.

Presentation ideas: Serve the soup in individual bowls with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley on top.

Garnishes: Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

Pairings: Serve the soup with a crusty bread or a side salad.

Suggested side dishes: Crusty bread or a side salad.

Troubleshooting advice: If the soup is too thick, you can add more chicken broth or water to thin it out.

Food safety advice: Make sure the sausage is cooked through before adding the vegetables and broth to the pot.

Food history: White Bean and Sausage Soup alla Canavese is a traditional Italian soup from the Piedmont region of Italy.

Flavor profiles: This soup is savory, hearty, and comforting.

Serving suggestions: Serve the soup as a main course for lunch or dinner.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Herby, Tangy, Hearty, Spicy