Pasta Fagioli Soup With Smoked Sausage

Total Time
1hr 15mins
15 mins
1 hr

If possible make this soup a day ahead and refrigerate, the flavor will intensify --- kielbasa or any dried smoked sausage will work good for this soup and any kind of beans may be used successfully, spinach is a great addition also --- serve with more Parmesan cheese on the side a large crusty loaf of bread --- you will *love* this soup! :)

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  1. In a large pot lightly brown the sausage slices on both sides then remove to a bowl.
  2. In the same pot heat the oil over medium heat; add in onion and saute for about 5-6 minutes or until softened.
  3. Add in the garlic, pepper flakes, basil and oregano; cook stirring for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the sausage back to the pot along with the broth, bouillon powder, diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, both cans of beans, Parmesan cheese and 1-2 teaspoons ground black pepper; stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Season with seasoned salt or white salt.
  7. Meanwhile in another pot cook the small shell pasta until al dente; drain then add to the soup before serving.
  8. Serve with more Parmesan cheese on the side.