Not sure quite how to rate this, 'cause I did make quite a few changes based on other reviews and my own preferences, but the soup I ended up with was AWESOME! I began by sauteeing 1/2 an onion and celery in about 2 tsp of olive oil in my Dutch oven. Once the veggies were tender, I added the 2 cans of undrained beans, 6 cups of chicken broth, an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, 1 cup of water, 2 tsp of minced garlic and the spices... although I cut back to 1/2 tsp of salt since I used more broth, and also added 1/2 tsp of oregano and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes. While simmering for the 40 minutes, I sauteed 1 lb hot turkey italian sausage (removed from casings) and then drained the excess grease. Once the soup was done simmering, I added a package of FRESH spinach and it wilted within a couple minutes, and then stirred in the sausage. I added about 1.5 cups of whole wheat elbows and simmered for another 5 minutes, then removed from heat, so they gradually cook the rest of the way while the soup cooled. I added fresh parmesan and fresh cracked pepper to each serving and it was one of the best soups I've ever had! Thanks for the jumping off point!
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Not sure quite how to rate this, 'cause I did make quite a few changes based on other reviews...