4 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups chopped fresh Swiss chard
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
6 ounces medium-size pasta shells
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper
How to Make It
In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon until no traces of pink remain, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer meat to paper towels; drain fat from pot. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, celery and carrot and cook, stirring, until vegetables have softened, 6 to 8 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes with juice and 3 cups water and bring to a simmer. Add green beans and chard and simmer until very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in beans, pasta and reserved sausage and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
Stir in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Authentic? Meh. Easy? Absolutely. Fast? Incredibly. Tasty and a current staple in the family menu. We use fresh spinach instead of the chard and usually add another can of beans. We have fresh baked bread with this.
The best soup ever! Remember to put lots of Swiss Chard in it. I would make it on a cold, rainy day with your hubby or dinner with a bunch of your girlfriends. I served the dish with slices of toasted French bread.