The recipe is fast, easy, and has great flavor; it has officially made my list of cool weather meals. It's satisfying and it warms your insides. It might make your nose run a little. You know that runny nose feeling when you sit over a bowl of warm soup? <<sniff, sniff>> It's worth it.
10 oz sweet turkey Italian sausage (I used 1 lb. of breakfast sausage, because that's what I had in the fridge)
1 c. chopped onion (I used a red onion)
2 tsp. minced garlic (I used a bit more than this)
1/2 c. water
1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
2 c. baby spinach (fresh)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano (I used dried, because I didn't have fresh)
2 Tbsp. grated fresh Romano cheese, for garnish (I used Parmesan)
Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium/high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and garlic to pan, cook for 2 minutes. Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cheese. (I also threw on a few croutons for a little something extra.) Enjoy!