Cooler weather always motivates me to make comforting meals, and what could be better than soup? This was so good and it made a huge batch – too bad we didn’t get to enjoy leftovers…the hubbs forgot to put the container in the fridge…and it stayed on the counter overnight…boo! I forgave him, of course 😉 There are worse things, I suppose. I once left a container of ice cream out on the counter overnight – don’t be like me! I remember the mess was thick, sticky, and a hassle to clean up! 😉 Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Sausage and Bean Soup with Pasta – adapted from The Italian Dish
- 1 cup dried cannellini or cellini beans or 1 15-ounce can of any beans you like, drained
- 1 pound ground sausage (*I used half hot, half mild Italian sausage*)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 medium carrot, diced
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 6 to 8 cups chicken broth (*I used 6 cups homemade chicken stock*)
- 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh if you have it
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup ditalini pasta, or any small pasta
- Parmigiano Reggiano rind (optional)
- grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
If using dried beans, place them in a pot, cover with cold water and let soak for several hours or overnight. Drain.
In a large pot, brown the sausage. Remove from pot. If there is a lot of fat left in the pot, pour this out but do not wipe out pot. Add onion, carrot and olive oil and saute for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add garlic and saute about a minute more. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, Parm rind, thyme, bay leaf, some salt and pepper and the drained beans and the sausage and cover the pot. Cook for an hour over low heat, at a gentle simmer.
If using dried beans, check for doneness at this point. (If using canned beans, add the pasta now.) If the beans are not soft enough, cover the pot again and cook for another 30 minutes or until the beans are soft. Add the pasta and cook, uncovered, until the pasta is tender. Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper to taste. If the soup is too thick for your liking, add some more chicken broth.
Serve with grated cheese on top and an extra drizzle of olive oil.