Italian Pasta and Bean Soup with Sausage Recipe

Overview

The combination of sausage, beans, and macaroni had really worked. Try this soup the flavors are well blended and its comes out wonderful. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Step 1

Directions

Step 2

Remove casing from sausage, if present. In a large saucepan cook sausage, onion, and celery until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Drain fat. Add broth, undrained tomatoes, and water. Bring to boiling. Stir in macaroni. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in beans and parsley; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Step 3

Tip: Freeze Your Assets: When freezing leftover soups and stews, keep these tips in mind: To freeze leftovers, first cool the hot food by placing it in a bowl set over another bowl filled with ice water. This lets the food cool more quickly, which is important. Transfer the food to freezer-safe containers. Use small, shallow containers to allow food to freeze more quickly, which slows bacteria growth. Soups and stews expand when they freeze, so leave about 1/2 inch of space below rim. Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator or microwaveĆ½never at room temperature. You can also slowly reheat frozen food without thawing by placing it in an appropriate-size saucepan. Cook the food, covered, until it is thawed, stirring occasionally to break it up. Then heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Cornstarch or flour-thickened soups do not freeze well, as the starch breaks down during freezing, altering the soupĆ½s consistency. Cheese soups also do not freeze well.

Step 4

Nutritional facts per serving

Step 5

calories: 306, total fat: 12g, saturated fat: 4g, cholesterol: 33mg, sodium: 1418mg, carbohydrate: 35g, fiber: 7g, protein: 20g, vitamin A: 8%, vitamin C: 35%, calcium: 7%, iron: 19%, starch: 1.5diabetic exchange, vegetables: 1.5diabetic exchange, lean meat: 2diabetic exchange, fat: 1.5diabetic exchange

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounces uncooked Italian sausage
  • 1 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1 14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic
  • 1 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 1 15-ounce can white kidney (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley

About this Author

Sheila Simoneau an iChef.com member who donated this recipe.