The Wife hit a particularly annoying nail on the head. The author of this recipe swung hard and missed badly on their ingredient proportions. For instance, a full pound of pasta plus 19 oz of white beans overwhelms the 40 oz. of liquid. That much starch acts like a sponge, sucking up the broth and water combination. And, for a tomato-based soup, 14 oz. of tomato is far too little.
One of the things that drives me nuts about food blogs is that anyone can write one. I mean, really, look at the piece of crap you’re reading right now. The recipe, at the outset, looks perfectly fine. In practice, well, I learned otherwise. By the time I ladled the bowls of soup for The Wife and I, I added an additional 24 oz. of broth, which thinned the sausage and tomato flavors out. It’s supposed to be a soup not a pasta dish, and I attempted to fix where the original author went awry.
Sausage, spinach and white bean soup
Adapted and fixed from the original at SimplyBites.net
- Olive oil
- 3/4 lb. bulk Italian sausage, or removed from casings
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups water
- 8 oz. dry small pasta (I used Barilla Piccolini rotini)
- 26 oz. can of crushed tomatoes or coarse chopped tomatoes or whole tomatoes in juice coarsely cut in the can with a knife
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 tsp. dried oregano or basil
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 3 cups fresh spinach, loosely packed, or 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 16 oz. can navy beans, rinsed and drained
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
In a large saucepan set over medium heat, heat a drizzle of oil and sauté the sausage, breaking it up with a spoon, until it is browned.
Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until soft. Add the water, pasta, tomato sauce, stock, oregano, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the pasta is tender.
Add the spinach and beans and cook the soup for another 3 to 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with grated Parmesan while still hot.