Thank you Penny for this delicious recipe (and for shopping for the ingredients for me)! This definitely serves 12 hungry people so we will be eating it for a few days which I am very happy about.
2 lbs mild/hot italian sausage
4 cloves garlic
3 quarts chicken broth
2- 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
2 - 15 ounce cans Cannellini beans
1 T. dried basil
2 cups dried pasta shells or similar shape
About 12 ounces fresh spinach
salt and pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese-to serve sprinkled on top
Brown crumbled sausage until well-browned. Drain thoroughly. Add finely chopped carrots, onion, garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, beans and basil, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer (or turn off) until about 15 minutes before you are ready to serve. Then return to a boil and add pasta and spinach. Cook until pasta is tender. Adjust salt and pepper. Top individual bowls with grated parmesan cheese.