August 17, 2011

Pasta e Fagioli

This soup is amazing! It takes on the flavor of the smoked sausage, and it's very hearty. My husband is crazy for this soup.

Pasta e Fagioli

1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 package Healthy Ones smoked sausage, chopped into small pieces (there are a lot of smoked turkey sausages available now, so any brand will do--the package will have roughly 90 calories per serving, 7 servings per package).
4 cups beef broth
1 can crushed tomatoes
4 oz. uncooked pasta (ditalini is our favorite)
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed

In a soup pot over medium-high heat, cook onion, carrots, and garlic with cooking spray until vegetables are soft. Add the sausage and cook until it starts to get a little golden brown crust. Add the broth and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and beans, and simmer until the pasta is tender, about 12-15 minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.  Makes 4 (generous) servings.

 If you rinse the beans well, the sodium won't be as high as it shows.

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