Rainforest Café Safari Soup

RAINFOREST CAFÉ SAFARI SOUP

You will need:
1 cup partly cooked pasta - any shape

In skillet, brown:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage - casing removed - drain

Add:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Saute or ?sweat? until softened:
4 medium garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup diced onions
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
3 cups diced eggplant - skinned (unless skins are very thin and tender)

Add:
Cooked sausage
16 cups water
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup mixed dried beans (Romano, kidney, fava, pinto, cranberry, etc.)
1 1/2 tablespoon salt (to taste)
3 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
1 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh coriander
1/4 teaspoon dry chile pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Simmer 2 to 3 hours (until beans are soft). Adjust seasonings. Add pasta a few minutes before serving.