Thursday, September 9, 2010

delicious and FAST soup!

So there I was on Wednesday late afternoon,
with nothing planned or pulled out for dinner.
I grab some Italian sausage links from the fridge, thinking I could make a quick spaghetti.
But then I got to thinking about the cool weather, and of my little guy Aidan, who I kept home
from school because his nose was runny and he had an icky cough,
and my thinking changed to SOUP!
Ahhhh....soup :)
Don't you LOVE soup?!
Simple Italian Soup
6-8 Italian sausage links
1 TBSP Olive oil
2 tsp dried Italian seasonings
8-10 cups chicken broth 
1/2 - 1 lb pasta, depending on how thick you want your soup
(tortellini would be yummy too)
2 cups frozen leaf spinach
Shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish, sprinkled on top
Drizzle 1 TBSP of Olive Oil in heated soup pot.
Add 6-8 Italian sausage links cut into bite size pieces.
Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of dried Italian seasonings on top of sausage.
Saute seasonings & sausage for a few minutes, until brown.
Add 8-10 cups of chicken broth.  Stir to release sausage bits from bottom of pot.
Allow liquid to come to full boil.
Pour in 1/2 to1 lb dried pasta & stir.
Boil pasta for 5 minutes and add 2 cups frozen spinach.
Boil for 5 or more minutes until pasta & spinach are fully cooked.
Serve in pretty bowls & sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top.

Enjoy :)
(To make this soup HEALTHY, use turkey Italian sausage, omit the olive oil, use low sodium chicken broth, and whole wheat pasta.)
And tell me...does your kid want to learn Calligraphy?
At the age of 8?
or practice cursive writing?

Aidan does.  And he spent a lot of his day practicing ;)
I think he's pretty darn good!

1 comment:

Chris said...

Hi Tracy!
Yes, that soup looks really delicious! I wonder how it would taste with gluten free noodles as I am allergic to wheat... hope your little man gets better soon!
I have an Aidan too, except he is AidEn, and he is almost two. :o)

I can't wait for my birdie necklace to come in the mail! I think I am more excited than my daughter will be! LOL

Take care,
Chris Vanderstoep