Minestrone with White Beans and Italian Sausage

Minestrone with White Beans and Italian Sausage
Photo by © Melanie Acevedo


  • 2/3 pound spinach, stems removed and leaves washed well (about 1 1/2 quarts)
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving
  • 4 cups drained and rinsed canned white beans, preferably cannellini (from two 19-ounce cans)
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 cup water
  • + 8 more ingredients
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with their juice
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 rib celery, chopped

1. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon. 2. Reduce the heat to moderate. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf to the pot and cook, stirri...

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