I love Pinterest. It's one of my favorite ways to spend time when I should be doing other things. You know, things like cleaning the bathroom or doing the laundry! It's a place where I go to day dream about how I'd decorate my house if only it were bigger. Where I get craft ideas for when I have unlimited time and money on my hands. But it's also a great resource for new recipes. While I may not have the money for all the great home remodeling ideas and craft ideas I see on Pinterest, I certainly can afford to try a few new recipes here and there. I mean, we have to eat, right?
Sometime last year, (according to Pinterest, it was 40 weeks ago) I pinned this recipe for a very yummy looking soup. At the time, I had some sausage in the fridge that needed to be cooked. So, like most recipes I try, I ended up changing things around a bit. We were so pleased with the results, that I didn't take the time to take a picture of the soup. Which is why I didn't post the recipe until now, 40 weeks later.
While the original recipe is much easier to make, I like the addition of the sausage and vegetables. I prepped the veggies earlier in the week, so it was really easy when it came time to throwing the soup together.
This delicious soup recipe yields 6 hearty portions.
Pasta and Bean Soup with Sausage
- 1/2 lb. Bob Evan's Zesty Sausage
- 1 large carrot, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes
- 4 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 cans kidney beans (15 oz. each), rinsed & drained
- 1 cup small dried pasta, uncooked
- In a large soup pot or dutch oven, cook sausage until no longer pink,over medium heat. Breaking down with spatula as it cooks.
- Add in vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in tomatoes, broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Stir in beans and pasta. Continue to simmer until pasta is done.
- Discard bay leaves and serve.
We enjoyed this soup with a nice crusty loaf of Italian Bread. Joe topped his with some shredded cheese.
This soup is so tasty and filling and very easy to make. I can assure you I won't be waiting another 40 weeks to serve this again!