Tuscan pasta with sausage and beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This is a simple, hearty and satisfying pasta dish made with Italian sausage and cannellini beans. Use your choice of beef or chicken broth.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Michelle Barsness
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup red or yellow onion diced
  • 3/4 lb sweet Italian sausage if links, meat removed from casings
  • 1 small garlic clove crushed, left whole
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups beef broth or chicken broth if you prefer
  • 1 small carrot shredded
  • 1 to 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 can cannellini beans rinsed
  • cooked pasta penne or conchiglie (shells) (about 3/4 cup per person)
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish
  • finely diced Italian parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta while you prepare the soup/sauce. In a medium-sized pot, on medium-high heat sauté the onion in the olive oil until it softens. Add the sausage and brown.
  2. Add the garlic clove and sauté for a couple minutes. Next, add the broth, carrot and rosemary. Bring to a low boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove the rosemary and garlic clove. Add the beans and cook for another 5 minutes. Do not boil too long or the beans will break up.
  3. Add cooked pasta to a bowl; then ladle the hot soup over it. Finish with Italian parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with a green salad and hearty bread.
Recipe Notes