Broil the sausages until done (flip every couple minutes for about 10 minutes)
Meanwhile, heat up a little olive oil in your 5 quart pot or dutch oven and add onions, sweat for 2-3 minutes
Add peppers and garlic
Sprinkle a little salt over the veg to draw out water
Sweat several more minutes and add beans
Add diced tomatoes
Add Italian sausage
Pour in chicken broth until it covers ingredients by 1 or 2 inches
Add basil, oregano and red pepper flakes (a couple teaspoons each of basil and oregano if dry, double if fresh and between a pinch and a teaspoon of red pepper flakes depending on how into spicy you are)
Grind in pepper to taste.
Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and allow to cook for at least 20 minutes.
When you serve it, if you choose lay a slice of provolone over each serving of soup. (Trust me, it rocks)