Smoked Sausage with White Bean Soup
Here's a stick-to-your-ribs, hearty soup that's perfect for fall or winter. Serve with a loaf of crusty french bread and you have a satisfying meal!
In a large skillet over medium heat sauté sliced bratwurst until lightly browned and set aside.
In a separate saucepan or Dutch oven sauté onions and carrots until tender. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
Stir in stock, wine, beans, whole bay leaf, thyme, pepper and sausage. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce heat to low. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Remove bay leaf and ladle soup into bowls.