How to make Grandma Mary's One Pot Hardy Minestrone
In the bottom of a large saucepan, add one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and the Premio Sausage and cook breaking up the sausage with the side of the spoon until well-browned. Discard all fat except for 1 tablespoon. Add the sliced carrot, sliced celery, chopped onion to the sauce pot on low heat and cook about 4 minutes until softened. Add the finely minced garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
To the sauce pot, stir in the chicken stock, cannelloni beans, light red kidney or chic peas, crushed tomatoes and bay leaf and simmer for about 15 minutes.
To the sauce pot, add 1 cup of uncooked ditallini or small shells and the sliced zucchini and simmer for 6-8 minutes or when pasta is done. Add ¼ cup of minced parsley right before serving.
To serve, preheat the broiler. Put the baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Serve minestrone immediately with the baguette slices on the side.
For less hardy soup, add additional 1/2 quart of chicken stock.
Recipe submitted by Marie P.