This beautiful bowl of goodness combines Italian sausage, onions, garlic, spinach and penne pasta with a rich broth spiced just perfectly.
1 lb Italian sausage
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 large cloves garlic minced
6 cups spinach
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can cannellini beans (15.5 ounce) drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked penne pasta
2 tablespoons butter melted
2 tablespoons flour
4 slices Swiss cheese
1 cup shredded provel
Brown sausage in large saucepan. Add onion and cook until soft; approximately 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook additional 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until wilted; approximately 3-4 minutes. Drain any excess grease. Add chicken broth and simmer 20-30 minutes.
Add beans, oregano, basil, parsley and water. Bring to a low boil. Add penne pasta and cook for about 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Turn soup to low.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine melted butter with flour creating smooth paste (also known as a roux). Add slowly to the soup and stir. Continue cooking on low until slightly thickened.
Divide soup between 4 ovenproof bowls. Top with slice of Swiss cheese and 1/4 cup provel. Bake on cookie sheet for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Turn oven to broil and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.