Italian peasant soup

Servings: 8–10
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15–60 minutes

  • 2 pounds Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 2 small cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 cups cooked penne pasta


  • 1 head fresh spinach, chopped
  • fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped

In a large stockpot, mix together all ingredients except pasta. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes to an hour. Right before serving, add pasta. Serve in soup bowls and garnish with lots of spinach and Parmesan cheese.

Chef’s Hint: If you like, sauté the onion and garlic with the cooked and drained sausage for more pungent flavors.Written by Laura Swayne. Photography by Kathi Inglesby

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