White Bean & Sausage Minestrone - Instructions
In a medium sauce pan, over medium-high heat, combine white beans and vegetable stock.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 to 35 minutes, or until
beans are tender. Drain beans, reserving stock.
In a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high
heat. Add fennel, leeks, carrots, and a dash of salt and pepper (to taste), and cook
for 5 minutes. Add reserved stock, tomatoes and their juices, sausage, dried macaroni,
and additional salt and pepper, to taste, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer
over low heat for 20 minutes or until macaroni is al dente. Add beans, spinach, and
basil; stir to combine. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Serve with fresh Parmesan
sprinkled over top of soup.