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Italian Sausage In Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Mild italian sausages 1 Pound
  Shelled beans 4 Cup (64 tbs), use fresh (4 Pound Unshelled)
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Salt pork 1⁄4 Pound, minced
  Onion 1 Large, minced
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), minced or pressed
  Minced celery leaves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Minced parsley leaves 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Canned pear shaped tomatoes 1 Pound (1 Can)
  Regular strength chicken broth 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Carrot 1 Large, diced
  Celery stalks 3 Large, thinly sliced
  Thin skinned potato 1 Medium, peeled and diced
  Zucchini 1 Large, thinly sliced
  Lightly packed greens 4 Cup (64 tbs), chopped (Such As Cabbage, Kale, Or Swiss Chard)
  Lightly packed basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Use Fresh)
  Grated parmesan cheese 5 Ounce (1 Cup)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

Pierce sausage casings with a fork.
Place sausages, beans, and water in a 5-quart pan.
Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove sausages.
Continue to simmer until beans mash readily (25 to 50 more minutes).
Ladle beans and 1 cup of the cooking water into a food processor; process until beans are coarsely pureed (or mash beans in a food mill or with a potato masher).
Return beans to pan and set aside.
In a 6- to 8-quart pan, combine oil, salt pork, onion, garlic, celery leaves, and parsley; cook over medium heat, stirring, until onion is soft.
Add pureed beans, cooking water, tomatoes (break up with a spoon) and their liquid, broth, carrot, celery, and potato.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add zucchini and greens; simmer, uncovered, until carrot is tender to bite (about 8 more minutes).
Add basil, if used.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Slice sausages, add to soup, and heat through.
Stir in about 1/3 cup of the cheese; pass remaining cheese at the table.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Bean
Interest: 
Healthy
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
18

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