Minestra Rustica Della Salsiccia e Della Pasta
Rustic Pasta and Sausage Soup
1 pound ground sausage
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14-1/2 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (16-ounce) can butter beans, drained
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14-ounce) can beef broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 pound Pipette pasta, cooked and drained
In a large pot, cook the sausage over medium heat till nice and brown. Drain.
Heat the vegetable oil in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté till translucent.
Add the onion/garlic mixture, tomatoes, butter beans, tomato sauce, beef broth, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, and thyme to the sausage.
Bring to a boil over medium-high meat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and continue cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the sausage mixture is cooking; bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once at a rapid boil, add the pasta, and cook until done. Drain.
Add the pasta to the sausage mixture, and blend in well.
Ladle into soup bowls, and sprinkle some shaved Parmesan over the top.