ALL OF THE BEANS.
Bush's® Great Northern Beans, fresh carrots and zucchini add a variety of tastes and textures to this Italian-inspired soup. Turn up the heat by using spicy sausage or keep it kid-friendly with mild sausage. Either way, your family will love it!
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese, Pesto
Heat half the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add sausage and brown slightly. Transfer to a plate.
Heat remaining oil in saucepan.
Cook carrots, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, oregano, black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes about 5 minutes; stir often.
Crushed red pepper flakes
Return sausage (and any juices) to pan. Add remaining ingredients except spinach and cheese. Add orzo in the last 10 minutes of simmer soup.
2 cans of beans
Cover and simmer 30 minutes over low heat.
Stir in spinach and cook several minutes more, until spinach wilts.
Serve topped with cheese, if desired. Garnish with optional Pesto.