Nonna’s Special Minestrone Soup

Nonna’s Special Minestrone Soup

2 whole chicken breasts
4 cups water
1 lb pork sausage, cooked and drained
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
2 onions, diced
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1 can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt & pepper
2 tablespoons parsley
2 teaspoons basil
1 bay leaf
8 ounces ditalini or other small soup pasta, cooked
1/2 cup fresh or frozen chopped spinach
Parmesan Cheese (for topping)

Cook chicken breasts in water until tender. Remove from water and cool. Skin, bone and dice. Cook vegetables in the broth until tender. Add tomatoes, beans, seasonings, chicken, sausage & spinach. Simmer for 1 hour. Add pasta, stir and serve with cheese sprinkled on top.