Thursday, January 13, 2011

:: Thursday's Recipe Rodeo ::

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 try it out. 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: Soup

I posted this recipe last year, but for some reason my 'search this blog' box won't bring it up...and it just so happens to be on of my most requested recipes. It should show up in the search engine from now on. So, without further case you missed, get your taste buds ready for this delicious soup.

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

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