PARTNER POST – #GarnachaDay is September 18th. Celebrate one of the world’s oldest grapes with a bottle that is easy to pair with a variety of foods.
A bowl of hearty soup, ready for your dinner party in just thirty minutes, is perfectly paired with a crisp white wine. The warm bowl and chilled glass contrast each other wonderfully on a fall day.
By Christine Skari
A little sip of hot soup, a little sip of chilled white wine, a big sip of YES PLEASE.
This recipe is a direct result of my pining for fall. I’ve lived in California for basically my entire life so I’ve given up on experiencing the “real deal” of all the leaves changing color and the air being super crisp
But then I take a taste of this White Bean and Sausage Soup in my air-conditioned house with my pumpkin spice candle lit and all is forgiven.
This is one of those recipes that is just made for entertaining. I mean, a big pot of comfort food that’s done in just 30 minutes? Tons of flavors that taste like they’ve been slow cooking for hours? And healthy with the combination of lean chicken sausage, a base of chicken broth (no cream!), cannelloni beans for fiber and protein, and spinach!
And remember the wine I mentioned before? Well the perfect pairing is Garnacha wine. I opened a bottle white wine made with the Garnacha grape to enjoy with a big bowl of this soup and it was H-E-A-V-E-N. I’m a big fan of light, crisp wines with warm, hearty foods. They are a great pair that contrast each other.
Garnacha is one of the world’s oldest and most planted grapes and originated in Spain, though it now can be found in regions of Southern France, Italy, and the US. Fun fact: Garnacha is the only variety in the world that is able to produce both red and white wines.
Other than it’s prestigious heritage and amazing flavor, Garnacha wines are affordable at that perfect sweet-spot price of ~$10-20, which is fantastic for those looking to drink delicious wine on a nightly basis and college students/young adults like myself who want to sample as many variations as possible without breaking the bank!
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- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 chicken sausages
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
- 15.5 oz cannellini beans
- 1 frozen package spinach
- Cut the chicken sausages into rounds and cook in a large pot.
- Add in the onions and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the chicken stock, fire roasted tomatoes, and cannellini beans and let cook for 10 minutes.
- Add in the frozen spinach and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve hot!