Italian Sausage Soup with Vegetables and Pasta
Italian Sausage Soup makes a hearty, but healthy meal. It's loaded with vegetables, pasta and lots of flavor.
pork, turkey or chicken
extra virgin olive oil
beans or peas
cannelini, lima beans or blackeyed peas
frozen, can use other greens
Heat olive oil over medium heat in dutch oven.
Remove sausage from casings, crumble and add to olive oil, along with chopped onions.
Cook until sausage is done and onions are translucent.
Add carrots, Italian seasoning and enough stock to cover ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes, beans, greens and additional stock to cover all ingredients.Cook 10-15 minutes on medium low, or until beans are done and greens are tender.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and pasta. Cook according to pasta package instructions.
If desired, garnish with chopped parsley and/or shavings of hard cheese, such as parmesan.
Adding rind of hard cheese (such as parmesan or romano) to simmer with soup adds a nutty, earthy taste. Before serving, remove remains of cheese rind.
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