1 lb hot Italian sausage, substitute mild
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 stalk celery, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 tablespoon rosemary, fresh chopped or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 garlic cloves, minced
14 ounces diced tomatoes, not in original recipe but great to add
6 cups great northern beans, canned, rinsed, approximately (3)
1 McCormick bay leaf
3 -4 cups low-sodium College Inn chicken broth, divided
In a soup pot, brown sausage until no longer pink.
Break up into small pieces while cooking.
Drain off excess oil. Return to pot.
In a food processor, chop onion, celery, carrot, rosemary, and garlic until fine; add to the soup pot.
In same food processor, puree 2 cups Great Northern beans with 1 cup chicken broth; add to the pot.
NOTE: I like to chop the diced tomatoes a little finer in the food processor before adding.
Combine remaining ingredients.
Bring to boil; lower heat and simmer for 60 minutes or until desired consistency.