1cupditalini pasta, regular, whole wheat or gluten-free
1poundspicy Italian sausage, loose or with the casings removed
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
3carrots, peeled and diced
2stalks celery, diced
3cupsvegetable broth [See Note 1]
1(15-ounce) canred kidney beansdrained and rinsed well
1(15-ounce) can cannellini beans drained and rinsed well
1(15-ounce) cantomato sauce[See Note 2]
1(15-ounce) candiced tomatoes[See Note 2]
1tablespoonItalian Seasoning [See Note 3]
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add Italian sausage to the skillet and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat and set aside.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot. Stir in garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Whisk in vegetable broth [See Note 1], tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian Seasoning Spice blend, and Italian sausage; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook until vegetables are tender - about 10-15 minutes.
Stir in the beans until just heated through - about 3 minutes.
If serving the full soup with no anticipated leftovers, add the pasta to the soup and stir to combine. Otherwise, I add mine to the bowls at serving. Pasta continues to soak up the soup broth at it sits in the refrigerator.
Vegetable broth may be omitted and replaced with water or chicken stock. Note there will be a slight flavor difference.
Use the highest quality tomatoes and tomato sauce that your budget allows. The tomato flavor is prominent in this recipe so you want the flavors to really stand out.
Italian Seasoning Spice blend is sold where the dried oregano and basil are sold. It is not meant to be confused with dry salad dressing mix.
Why Should I drain and Rinse Canned Beans?
The liquid in canned beans consists mostly of starch and salt that may change the texture or taste of your dish. Most of our recipes call for draining and rinsing the beans to remove the excess salt and starch. This significantly improves the sodium content of any recipe containing beans.
What is in Italian Seasoning?
Italian Seasoning is a dry spice blend that is sold where the spices and seasonings are sold. It should not be confused with dry Italian salad dressing mix.Italian Seasoning contains a blend of dried herbs which includes oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage.