Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pasta Fagioli

Jennifer S.

1 lb sweet or hot Italian sausage, with casing removed
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5-oz) Italian flavored stewed tomatoes
2 cans (14.5-oz each) chicken broth
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cans Cannellini beans (white kidney beans)drained and rinsed
1 TBS tomato paste
2 cups small pasta shells OR another small pasta shape you like
1 bunch fresh kale, washed, tough stems discarded, cut into 1" pieces OR 1 small box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
grated Parmesan cheese

Brown sausage, breaking into smaller pieces, with onion and garlic. Drain and add to crock pot.
Add everything except pasta, kale and cheese to crock pot. Stir well. Cook on low for 5-6 hrs OR high for 2-3 hours.
During last 30 minutes of cook time add pasta and kale, stir well. Let simmer until pasta is tender (20-30 min) and kale is wilted.
Served with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on soup.

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