Spicy Sausage & Greens Soup for Newsletter_Website

This soup is SO easy and can handle many variations, depending on what you have in your fridge. For a heartier version, add a package of refrigerated ravioli or tortellini at the end of cooking, sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese and parsley and enjoy!
INGREDIENTS:

1 pound of spicy Italian Sausage, cut in 1″ pieces
1 cup of chopped onion (I used 1/2 red and 1/2 vidalia)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for sauteing
1 c. broth (vegetable or beef)
1/2 c. red wine (or water)
1 large can of tomatoes (whole or diced)
1 can tomato paste
1 c. carrots, sliced
1 c. zucchini, sliced
1 c. yellow squash, sliced
1/2 c. basil leaves (use fresh or omit)
1 package of greens (spinach, kale or a mixture of both)
1 T. Italian Seasoning (to taste)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in large dutch oven type-pan to medium heat.
  2. Cut sausage into pieces and brown in oil until cooked.
  3. In a smaller pan, add oil and brown the onion and garlic. Add to the pan with cooked sausage.
  4. Add broth, wine, tomatoes, tomato paste, carrots and Italian Seasoning to sausage mixture. Bring to low boil, then reduce to simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  5. Add zucchini and yellow squash to pan and continue to simmer about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Add basil. Stir. Reduce heat to med-low.
  7. Add bag of greens. Stir. Cook 3-4 mins.
  8. Remove from heat.

Notes: I always taste my creations as I move along while cooking. Adjust the spices to your liking. Don’t have red wine? Add more broth or just use water. No tomato paste? No problem! Just omit, or use a few splashes of V8 or tomato juice for flavor. If you would like a heartier meal, add a package of refrigerated ravioli or tortellini during the last few minutes of cooking (use the package cooking directions as your guide for cooking time). Alternately, you can add pre-cooked egg noodles or rice at the very end, too.

Freezing: This soup will freeze well WITHOUT the greens and/or noodles/rice. If freezing, omit those items and add separately at the next meal.

Serve with crusty bread and a nice glass of red wine!

Cheers!

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