Simple Italian Sausage Soup

Simple Italian Sausage Soup
 
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One pot, quick and easy, with a deep delicious flavor. It freezes amazing too.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. bulk Italian Sausage or removed from casing, either sweet or hot
  • 2 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 15oz. can white cannellini beans
  • 4 C. chicken broth
  • 1 can (about 15 oz.) diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 4 C. fresh spinach (or about 1.5 C. frozen spinach)
  • Fresh grated Parmigiano
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large heavy bottom stock pot, on medium high heat
  2. Add 2 Tbls. olive oil
  3. Add sausage evenly to heated pan. Let meat brown without stirring for about 5 minutes. The deeper the color the better the soup flavor at the end. I let my meat get VERY brown.
  4. Stir meat and brown until cooked through.
  5. Add diced onion and sauté about 3-5 minutes or until it start to soften.
  6. Add in minced garlic, stir for 1 minute
  7. Pour in 4 cups of chicken broth, scraping bottom of pan to remove any brown bits from sausage
  8. Add in, tomatoes and cannellini beans, stir.
  9. Add in spinach and cook and until wilted.
  10. Simmer soup for 15-30 minutes to deepen flavor.
  11. add Parmigiano cheese to taste and any salt or pepper if needed.
  12. TO FREEZE: Let soup cool to room temperature. Ladle soup into a large gallon size freezer zip lock bag, OR, into several mason jars leaving one inch at the top when filling.
  13. Lay freezer bag flat in freezer (I place my bagged soup on a cookie sheet until frozen solid so it remains flat and stores easy.)
  14. TO HEAT: Remove bag from freezer. Thaw on counter while at work OR place in a bowl of cool water to thaw faster.
  15. Place thawed soup in saucepan and heat over medium/low until hot. Serve.
 

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