Italian Sausage Bean and Spinach Soup

READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Heat olive oil in a 8-10-quart pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add in the sausage meat; cook until browned (about 8-10 minutes) remove the meat to a plate or bowl.
  • Add in the onion, carrots, basil and dried chili flakes; saute for about 5-6 minutes adding in the garlic the last couple minutes.
  • 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.
  • Add in pasta shells; reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is firm-tender (about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 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).
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pass more Parmesan cheese at the table.