Pasta, Sausage and Bean Soup

December 9, 2009 | By andrea | Filed in: Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

Pasta,-Sausage-and-Bean-SouI brought this delicious soup to a friend’s birthday luncheon recently. It’s easy to make, hearty and loaded with all kinds of tasty ingredients, including Italian sausage, carrots, tomatoes, kidney beans, and elbow macaroni.

Since I made the soup the day before I was going to serve it, I did everything up to adding the macaroni (I didn’t want it to soak up all the broth overnight). When it came time to reheat the soup, I brought it to a boil, added the macaroni, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. I then added a few cups of chopped kale leaves, letting them wilt in the simmering soup. After seasoning the soup with salt and pepper, I let my friends dig in. Note: chicken Italian sausage worked great in this recipe. 

Pasta, Sausage and Bean Soup
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A little grated Parmesan sprinkled on top is a nice addition. Serves 8.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound Italian sausages, castings removed
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 cups diced carrots
1 celery stalk with leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
5 cups canned chicken broth
1 14 1/2-to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15- to 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained

1 cup elbow macaroni

Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausages and sauté until beginning to brown, breaking up with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, rosemary, crushed red pepper and sage. Sauté until vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes with their juices and beans. Bring soup to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

Add macaroni to soup and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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8 comments on “Pasta, Sausage and Bean Soup

  1. I loved this soup recipe when you made it and am excited to try it again. This will make a great dinner on these long winter nights!!

  2. Made this for the first time tonight and it was a huge hit. My daughter went back for seconds and has asked me to put it in her lunch tomorrow. It’s so filling and I love soup on a cold rainy night. Great job Andrea!!