Spicy Sausage & Tomato Soup

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This new soup comes to me from my dear cousin Megan, who also knows her way around the kitchen. This is an incredibly tasty addition to my soup rotation…I mean, the girl put BACON in her soup! We obviously share the same genes!!

I did make a few “tweaks” to the recipe …The original recipe called for slightly less meat and added Cannellini & Kidney Beans, which could easily be added back into the soup if so desired.

What you will need:
• 4 Slices of thick bacon, chopped
• 12 oz Hot Italian Sausage
• 12 oz Andouille Sausage
• 1 Red Onion, chopped fine
• 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on heat preference)
• 4-6 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
• 1 Bay Leaf
• 28 oz whole, peeled, tomatoes
• 14 oz stewed tomatoes
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 3 c chicken broth (I ended up adding 2 more cups, personal preference)
• 1 c of Zucchini, halved and sliced thick
• 1 c chopped fennel
• 4 c (about of chopped Kale)
• 1/4 cup white wine
• Salt & Pepper to taste
Garnish (optional)
• Shredded Parmesan
• Parmesan & chia seed crisps

How it’s done:
1. In a pan or dutch-oven, add chopped bacon, fry until fat begins to render, and ends become crispy. Add sausage, brown meat then remove from the pan, set aside.

2. Add onions to pan, cook until softened.
a. Add Fennel, cook until they begin to brown
b. Add garlic for the last 30 seconds…do not burn the garlic.
c. Add the tomato paste & white wine, mix ingredients well.

3. Scrape the sides of the pan into your soup pot (or if using a dutch-oven, just scrape the cooked bits from the walls) Add Tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and meat to the pot
4. Cover and let simmer 30 min
5. S&P to taste
6. Add Zucchini for last 5 min
7. Kale will wilt rapidly with the heat of the soup, (so for best color& texture) add only when you are ready to serve.
8. Top with Parmesan & ENJOY!

Italian Wedding Soup – without grain/pasta

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This recipe makes A LOT, so be warned!  I always like to freeze a few pre-portioned bowls of soup for those nights when I work late or just don’t want to cook.  I am really, really pleased with how this turned out, I had to control myself in the kitchen so that I did not eat ALL the meatballs BEFORE they went in the soup!!  It has, most definitely, been added to the rotation!!

Here is what you will need:

Meatballs

  • 1/2 lb andouille sausage (removed from it’s casing)
  • 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage (removed from it’s casing)
  • 1 lb Grass Fed ground beef
  • 1 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2c Almond Flour
  • 2 tsp dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp salt

Soup

  • Water
  • 2 qts Chicken Broth
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 c Carrots (about 6)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic, chopped fine
  • Olive Oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 head of Cauliflower chopped small
  • 2 c Spinach
  • Parmesan cheese shavings for garnish

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all ingredients for the meatballs together in a large bowl.  On cookie sheet, line with parchment and make quarter size meatballs (I wanted them bite-size, but you can make them whatever size works for you…I did have to use 2 cookie sheets)  BAKE for 30 min, remove from oven and set aside
  3. In a large soup pot, add & heat about 4 tbsp of olive oil, and add chopped onion and carrots, sauté until they just become tender and add the garlic, heat for about 30 sec.
  4. Add the Chicken broth and water, bring to a boil.  Make sure to taste as you go, you may need to add additional salt
  5. Add cauliflower and meatballs.  Using medium heat, bring to boil once more.
  6. Remove from heat and add the spinach.  Mix together and serve (top with parmesan & fresh pepper)