Quick Minestrone Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 pound Smoked Sausage (pork and beef)
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon Sensations Extra Virgin 100% Olive Oil
  4. 6 cups Compliments Beef Broth
  5. 11/2 cups Compliments Small Elbow Macaroni
  6. 1 can (15 ounces) white beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
  7. 1/4 cup Compliments Pesto Sauce
  8. 2 ounces (4 cups lightly packed) baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
  9. Compliments Shredded Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Method

  1. Cut sausage crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices, then cut slices in half crosswise. 
  2. In a 5 to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine sliced sausage with onion and olive oil. 
  3. Stir often until onion is softened and mixture is lightly browned, 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add broth and macaroni to pan. 
  5. Bring to a boil over high heat; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until macaroni is tender to bite, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add beans and pesto sauce to pan. 
  7. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until beans are heated through, 2-3 minutes. Stir in spinach.
  8. Cook just until spinach wilts but is still bright green, about 1 minute. 
  9. Ladle soup into serving bowls. If desired, offer cheese to add to taste.

Healthier Alternative: Lower the fat and increase fiber by using turkey polska kielbasa instead of smoked sausage and Compliments Balance Whole Wheat Penne Rigate instead of elbow macaroni.