Sweet Italian sausage and white beans work double duty here to keep the number of ingredients low. The sausage is filled with spices and aromatics that punch up the flavor of the soup, so you don't have to add any extra seasonings. Plus, the onion is sautéed in the sausage fat instead of an in extra ingredient like olive oil. The white beans not only infuse the dish with tons of satisfying protein--they become super creamy when they are pureed at the end, so no cream is necessary.
Heat a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and break it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, making sure the pieces sit in a single layer (if they don't, remove some and work in batches). Cook, stirring several times, until no longer pink on the outside and golden brown in places, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.
Add the onions to the pot. If there are lots of browned bits on the bottom that look like they might burn, add 2 tablespoons of broth and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon. Cook the onions, stirring frequently and adding more broth to the bottom of the pot as needed, until completely tender, about 10 minutes. Add the white beans and remaining broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook over medium heat until the beans split open, about 10 minutes.
Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot until completely smooth or carefully transfer the hot liquid to a blender to puree. Season the soup with salt. Serve the soup topped with the sausage.
When blending hot liquid, first let it cool for five minutes or so, then transfer it to a blender, filling only halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth.
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