How to make it

  • Soak the beans in the 4 cups of water. You can soak them overnight, or do a "quick soak" by bringing the beans and water to a boil, removing them from the heat, and letting them soak for 1 hour.
  • Drain the beans, discarding the water, and place them in a large soup pot with 8 cups of the chicken broth. Turn the heat to medium-low, and begin to heat the beans and broth while you cook the sausage and vegetables.
  • Place the sausage in a saucepan, cover it with water, and simmer until the sausage is cooked through. Remove it from the pan, drain and discard the water, and when the sausage is cool enough, cut it into 1/2" slices.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, and sauté the vegetables until the onions are translucent. Add the vegetables, garlic, and bay leaf to the beans in the chicken stock. Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the remaining 4 cups broth, the cooked sausage, tomatoes, oregano, and thyme. Simmer for another 75 minutes. Add the pasta, and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  • Serve hot, sprinkled with the fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese. Yield: about 10 servings.
  • Mel's notes: I used three of the packages of broth (96oz), plus three more cans of chicken broth. Since I dislike sun dried tomatoes and didn't use Italian sausage, I used about a tablespoonful of anise seeds and a can of Rotel tomatoes for spice.
  • January 17, 2006: This was one of the best soups I have ever made!
  • King Arthur Flour newsletter recipe

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  • Good4U 4 years ago
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    Soup Again
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  • lilliancooks 8 years ago
    This looks and sounds very good! I'll have to try this. I might leave out Mel's addition though..not sure the kids would go for anise!
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    " It was excellent "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    All came together just like the recipe said and the beans are done.
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    " It was excellent "
    mamalou ate it and said...
    Saving this one to try soon!
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  • donnaja1231 10 years ago
    A keeper!
    Thank you!
    Donna A.
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  • ambauer 10 years ago
    This sounds good. I love soup and should make it more often. I think I'll try this one.
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