2 Tbsp. olive oil( plus extra if needed)
1 1/2 cups of sausage meat of your choice(I love chorizo or Hot italian)
1 onion , peeled and diced
1 carrot,peeled and diced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 celery stalks,diced
2 tsp. dried Thyme
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 head of Roasted garlic (about 15 cloves-I buy my garlic already roasted in the deli)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 14oz. cans of white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
8 cups Chicken broth
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed tightly and cut into ribbons
1 3 by 2 inch Parmesan rind (optional)
Heat oil in a large pot and when hot add the sausage meat, stirring until no longer pink.
Remove sausage meat and set aside. Drain excess oil from pot leaving 2 tbsp or if using lean sausage add oil to make 2 Tbsp.
Add the carrot, onion, garlic, celery, thyme , red pepper flakes and salt and pepper, and cook until vegetables become translucent. (5-10 min )
Add the Roasted garlic, beans, parmesan rind and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.
Remove the parmesan rind.
Place half of the soup in a blender and pulse until mixture smooth.
Return to the pot and add the sausage meat and spinach, cooking until the spinach is wilted.
will last in fridge for up to 3 days!!