Tuscan Sausage and Cannellini Bean Soup
PREP TIME: 1 Hour
YIELDS: 8 Servings
COMMENT: Americans eat more Italian food than any other regional cuisine. This soup combines cannellini beans, which are often used in Italian cooking, with spinach, sweet peppers and sausage to create a wonderful Italian dish.
In a 3-quart stockpot, brown sausage over medium-high heat. Drain excess grease. Add all ingredients except for the beans and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add beans and cook 10 additional minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in warm soup bowls over a piece of crusty Italian bread. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.