Italian Sausage Bean and Spinach Soup

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Kittencal@recipezazz

I strongly suggest to prepare this soup a day in advance and chill, the flavors intensify, you may adjust all amounts to taste --- this makes quite a lot of soup you may reduce amounts if desired or freeze for the next meal --- you will love this soup!

Top Review by Chris from Kansas

Wow! What a complex blend of flavors and textures. This soup is absolutely delicious and so easy to put together. I made 1/2 recipe and used slices of chicken italian sausage to make it healthier. I also omitted the red pepper flakes as my family doesn't like spicy. This is definitely a new favorite. Thanks for posting!

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Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a 8-10-quart pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the sausage meat; cook until browned (about 8-10 minutes) remove the meat to a plate or bowl.
  3. Add in the onion, carrots, basil and dried chili flakes; saute for about 5-6 minutes adding in the garlic the last couple minutes.
  4. Add in chicken broth, tomatoes with juice and drained beans; bring to a boil, cover with lid and cook at medium-low for about 30 minutes.
  5. Add in pasta shells; reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is firm-tender (about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Skim any fat that has accumulated on top of the soup, then stir in about 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese and the fresh spinach; cook until the spinach is just wilted (about 1-2 minutes).
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pass more Parmesan cheese at the table.

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