1/2 pound Italian sausage casings removed , crumbled
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 15 1/2 ounce can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 14 1/2 ounce chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup fresh spinach, cut in strips
5 teaspoons parmesan cheese, shredded
In a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minutes longer.
add the water, beans, tomatoes, broth, macaroni and pepper; bringn to a boil. Cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
Reduce heat to low, stir in sausage and spinach. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Garnish with parmesan cheese.