Mediterranean, Pork, Soups, Chowders, and Stews

Sausage Fennel Minestrone

Ingredients

  • 1 qt. chicken broth
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 t. tomato paste
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1 c. diced fennel
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 1 14 oz. can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 28 ox. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 t. dried thyme
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 c. cooked orecchiette
  • 2. c chopped kale

Directions

In a slow cooker, combine chicken broth, water, tomato paste, onions, fennel, celery, beans, salt, tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme.  In a nonstick skillet saute sausage, breaking into pieces until browned, 5 minutes.  Drain on a paper towel-lined plates, then add to slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high four hours.  Stire in orecchiette and kale.

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