Baby shells, sausage in a rich homemade tomato sauce with beans. Perfect comfort food.
Pasta Sausage Fagioli Recipe
2 pound link sausage sliced
1 pound cooked baby shell pasta to package instructions and drained (or use any small pasta like ditalini)
3 cans cannellini beans washed (or use dried cooked homemade beans around 1 pound)
2 stalked chopped celery
4 pounds fresh plum tomatoes put through food processor
3 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1/3 cup grated romano cheese
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley
dried oregano to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
In a large saucepan add 3 tablespoon olive oil and saute the sliced sausage links. Add the garlic, celery and stir fry for 1 minute. Add beans and the tomatoes if using fresh or (canned use 3 - 28 ounce cans plum tomatoes). Cook until the liquid evaporates around 30 minutes. Add the granulated garlic, cheese and spices, sugar to taste.
Continue cooking until sauce is thickened around 25 more minutes. Boil the pasta and add last. Stirring to combine.