Hearty Sausage Soup

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There are many different recipes floating around for this kind of soup.  I adapted this one from the back of Nabisco’s Premium Saltine Crackers box.

Mainly, I only changed the kind of sausage and beans–and I used whole grain rotini pasta.

Besides the main ingredients, I like all of the ‘background’ flavors in here– because everything blends together so well, nothing in particular stands out to say, “HERE I AM!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced (I used a 1 lb. tube of Jimmy Dean sage flavored pork sausage)
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 broth can water
  • 1 can (15 oz.) white cannellini beans, rinsed (I used black beans, rinsed)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup rotini pasta, uncooked (I used whole grain rotini)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt  (or wait until finished and season to taste)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Saltine crackers

DIRECTIONS:

  • Fry sausage and onions in oil in large saucepan until done (10 minutes?), sirring frequently.  When almost done, add the minced garlic.  Drain fat off.
  • Add chicken broth, water, beans and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in rotini pasta and salt; cook 8 minutes or until just tender.  Remove from heat.
  • Stir in spinach leaves; cover.  Let stand 5-10 minutes.
  • Offer shredded cheese at serving time.  Serve with saltine crackers.

Source Recipe: http://milkmaidrecipebox.blogspot.com

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