Sausage, cavolo nero and chickpea minestrone

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

This classic Italian soup spiced up with pork and fennel sausages is full of flavour, moreish and nourishing all in one. Consider making a double batch and have it for lunch the next day.

  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil
  • 250 gm pork and fennel sausages, casings removed, filling crumbled
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 3 small garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 litre (4 cups) chicken stock
  • 400 gm canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 400 gm canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 80 gm soup pasta, such as risoni or stelline
  • ½ bunch cavolo nero, stalks removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • Finely grated parmesan and sourdough bread, to serve
01   Heat 50ml olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add sausage and fry until browned (5-7 minutes), adding fennel seeds and chilli in the last minute of cooking.
02   Meanwhile, sauté celery, onion, carrot and garlic in remaining olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and light golden (5-7 minutes). Add to sausage along with stock, tomatoes and rosemary, season to taste, bring to the boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Add chickpeas and pasta, stir to stop pasta sticking together, and simmer until pasta is al dente (5-6 minutes), adding cavolo nero in the last 2 minutes of cooking.
03   Season to taste, divide among bowls, scatter with parmesan and serve with sourdough bread.

Topics:

TOMATOES, MAIN, CHICKPEAS, SAUSAGES, SOUP

Recipe:

MAX ADEY

Photography:

CHRIS CHEN

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

FEATURED IN

July 2017

July 2017

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