Minestra with Sweet Sausage

minestra with sweet sausage
  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 pound bulk sweet sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can cannellini beans
  • 2 bunches escarole, coarsely shredded
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 32 ounce container (4 cups) chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat penne pasta or ditalini pasta
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • Grated pecorino-romano cheese, for passing around the table


In a soup pot, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes, then stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the beans and escarole; season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Add the chicken stock and 2 cups water, cover and bring to a boil.

Uncover the pot, stir in the pasta, lower the heat and cook until the pasta is al dente, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon peel. Top with lots of cheese.