Thursday, December 3, 2009

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

It's Thursday already!! This is the place to get some new recipes or maybe even a twist on an old one. Feel free to take any recipe here and use it as you please. If you want to join in on the Recipe Rodeo, let me know! I would love to try some of your recipes too!

Today's Round Up: Cozy Cookin'

Baby it's cold outside. The air is crisp, the Christmas tree is up and the house is filled with yummy aromas. This is the season for warm, hearty soups. This recipe is a keeper - easy to make, relatively quick and very hearty. You can make it a vegetarian dish or use any type of meat you like, it is delicious any way you try!

Nini's Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup

* 1 lb. Italian Sausage (I buy mild - It comes in a roll)
* 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
* 1 Cup white onion, chopped (about one small/medium onion)
* 1 Cup zucchini, sliced in rounds (1-2 zucchini)
* 1 Cup summer squash, sliced in rounds (1-2 squash)
* 1/2 Cup celery, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 Cup carrots, sliced in rounds
* 4 Cups vegetable broth (do not use chicken broth - one container from Traders Joes is the perfect amount)
* 1 can red kidney beans, drained
* 1 can white kidney beans, drained
* 1 can diced tomatoes
* 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley (or 2 tsp. dry parsley)
* 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano

* 2 tsp. salt

* 1 tsp. ground black pepper

* 1 tsp. dried basil

* ½ tsp. dried thyme

* 1 1/2 Cups hot water

* 1 1/2 Cups red wine

* 4 Cups fresh baby spinach (or a few good handfuls-to your liking)

* ½ - 1 Cup pasta (any kind will do such as corkscrew or shells)


In skillet or pan brown Italian sausage. In large soup pot, saute onion, garlic, carrots, zucchini, squash and celery in the oil for a few minutes until onions become translucent. Add vegetable broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, white beans, browned sausage, hot water, wine and spices. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add spinach and pasta and simmer for an additional 20 minutes or until pasta is at desired consistency. Enjoy! If you want to join in on your own blog, simply link back to this blog and mention that you are partaking in Thursday's Recipe Rodeo. If you don't have a blog and want to share a recipe with us - leave it in the comments! Click here for a printable version of Nini's Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup


The Contessa said...

Oh, Nini, that looks goooood! And considering that your (former) last name is Contessa, I'm sure it is! ;-]

briandem said...

oooh, you gave me this recipe already and I LOVE this soup. Thanks for reminding me that I should make it :-)