Rustic Tuscan-Style Sausage Soup

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Nothing warms you up faster on a cold winter day than a bowl of hearty soup. This recipe for rustic Tuscan-style sausage soup, courtesy of Prevention RD, features ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Plus, the addition of low-sodium chicken broth and whole wheat pasta make for a delicious soup with a healthy twist.

1 tsp olive oil
3 sweet Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
½ onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
7 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
½ Tbsp dried basil
8 oz dry whole wheat shell pasta
5 oz fresh spinach
¼ tsp black pepper, or to taste

1. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break the sausage into pieces, cooking it until browned, about 5-6 minutes.

2. To the pot, add the carrots and onion and saute for 5-6 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

3. Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, and basil; turn the heat up to high and bring to a gentle boil. Stir in the pasta and cook for 7-9 minutes or until al dente.

4. Stir in the spinach and black pepper; cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.

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recipe and photo courtesy of Prevention RD.

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