(Read instructions and note how vegetables are handled before preparing them for the recipe.)
As the soup simmers, bring a pot of salted water to boil for the rigatoni. Cook the rigatoni in the boiling water for 6 minutes; if you are adding it to individual servings, it should be al dente, if you are adding into the soup, it should be slightly underdone.
In a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the sausage and cook, breaking up the sausage with a large spoon or wire potato masher as it cooks, until well browned.
Chop 1/2 the carrots, celery, and onion in a food processor, almost pureeing them. Remove and chop the other half, leaving them a bit chunky. Add to the saucepan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Add crushed garlic. Crush the dried herbs in your hand and add to mixture. Cook for about a minute.
Stir in the crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, cannellini beans, chicken stock, and greens. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When ready to serve, add rigatoni into the simmering soup or pass at the table so everyone can add their own. Add parsley or green onion tops and the vinegar to the soup. Add salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste. Discard the bay leaf.
Garnish with Parmesan, and/or additional parsley or thinly sliced green onion
Nutrition: Per Serving: 319 Calories; 12g Fat (32.9% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 22mg Cholesterol; 669mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
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