Italian Sausage Soup or Pasta

Italian Sausage Soup/Pasta Morph
This versatile recipe adapts itself to either a hearty soup or an elegant pasta course with very little trouble.

1 pound Italian sausage
2 medium yellow onions, peeled and chopped coarsely
2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fennel pollen

Soup Part:
4 cups chicken stock
1 can (14 ounce) Italian plum tomatoes with juice
1 cup uncooked small pasta
1 can (14 ounce) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup loosely packed Italian parsley leaves, roughly chopped
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

"Pasta Part"
1 pound pasta, cooked al dente,
1 cup of water reserved from cooking sausage, onion, and fennel mixture
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan


Remove the casing from the Italian sausage. Place the sausage in a large soup pot and heat over medium, stirring frequently, until browned. This should take five to seven minutes. Drain on paper towels to remove fat.


Add the onions, fennel, garlic, fennel pollen, and mix well.  Cover and cook, stirring from time to time, until the onions and the fennel begin to wilt and soften, about 15 minutes.  Remove 1/2 of the mixture and reserve it for the "Pasta Part."



For Soup:


  • Add the chicken broth and the canned tomatoes, breaking the tomatoes apart with a spoon. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the small pasta and bring back to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for about eight minutes, or until the pasta is just about cooked.
  • Add the cannellini beans and the parsley. Continue cooking until it develops a rich flavor, and the pasta is cooked through. Adjust for salt and pepper.



For Pasta:


  • Toss the pasta and the reserved Italian sausage mixture in a large bowl.
  • Using just a small amount at a time, add the heated pasta water, stirring constantly, until a good sauce-like consistency is obtained.
  • Season with salt and pepper and top with breadcrumbs and cheese.


Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

2871 Jolly Road

Okemos MI 48864

tel 855.328.8732

fax 517.253.7366

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