Pasta E Fagioli with Sausage
The much-beloved pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans), adorned here with sliced sausage, is truly a meal in itself. The soup has very little liquid and will thicken as it sits. If you'd like to thin it a bit, add a little more chicken broth or water.
Active Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes
Yield: 4 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
favorite of 7 people 3 people want to try
|2 tablespoonolive oil|
|1 poundmild Italian sausages|
|1 carrot; chopped fine|
|1 onion; chopped fine|
|1 ribcelery; chopped fine|
|4 clovesgarlic; minced|
|1 teaspoondried rosemary; or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary|
|6 cupkidney beans; drained and rinsed canned (three 19-ounce cans)|
|2 3/4 cupchicken broth; low-sodium|
|1 bay leaf|
|1/2 teaspoonblack pepper|
Pasta E Fagioli with Sausage Preparation
In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove. When cool enough to handle, halve the sausages lengthwise and then cut crosswise into slices.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the pot over moderately low heat. Add the carrot, onion, celery, garlic, and rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.
Puree 4 cups of the beans with 1 1/4cups of the broth in a blender or food processor. Add the puree to the pot along with the remaining1 1/2 cups broth, the whole beans, bay leaf, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes.
Stir in the pasta. Cook the soup over moderate heat, partially covered, stirring frequently, until the pasta is done, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf. Stir in the sausage and the pepper. Cook until the sausage is warmed through, about 1 minute.
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