Friday, October 29, 2010

Favorite Fall Soups

I love soup -- please tell me I am not alone in my fandom.

Making or eating a hot bowl of soup is supremely satisfying, especially on a chilly day.

When I first met my husband, he actually turned his nose up at all soups - and a lot of other foods, for that matter - so I've spent the last nine years trying to convince him of the merits of some fabulous items: tomatoes, onions, cheese and of course, soups. I've had lots of great successes; in fact, the only thing he still completely refuses to eat is cheese.

The fact that cheese makes the world go 'round and I die a little inside everytime I walk by wheels of Brie in a grocery store is a story for another day, though.

Back to today's story: soup. I like to prepare soups and stews regularly during fall and winter, and my husband and I enjoy eating them while my children act like I'm trying to feed them poison-noodle-soup. You win some, you lose some; and I will keep on makin' those soups, all the while pretending to be oblivious to the melodramatic groans and cries coming from the "dinner haters" in my house.

I have a few favorite recipes, and this one for italian sausage soup is definitely in heavy rotation at this time of year. It's quick, simple, hearty, and delicious. And it's even better the second day, true to its soupy form.

Italian Sausage Soup (adapted from an Allrecipes recipe)

2 Tbs. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. sweet turkey italian sausage (equivalent to 4 links - look at you being so healthy with the turkey!)
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. dried sage
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (try fire roasted!)
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 can cannellini (white kidney) beans
1 cup dried pasta shells

In a large pot, saute onion and carrot in olive oil until softened, then add garlic and cook a minute more. Add turkey sausage and brown while breaking it into small bits. Add basil, rosemary, red pepper flakes and sage to pot, stir to combine. Add tomatoes, broth, water, and beans, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in pasta shells, simmer another 5-10 minutes until pasta is cooked, and serve.

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  1. That sounds amazing. I'm totally trying it.

  2. Yumm - o! This looks great! I think I may put this on the menu for next week!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hello there! This soup looks so good, I want to reach into the screen to get a bowl! I am going to have to try this, thanks for sharing.
    Best regards,

  4. That looks so good! I have a picky family and husband who is very suspicious of cheese...and I am a cheese merchandiser! I am going to try this soup out this weekend but will be using real Italian sausage I think....I don't do turkey bacon either. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I had to lol because my hubby was the same way when we met. I've come a long way and have convinced him to eat soup for dinner every Tuesday. "Soup Tuesdays" hehehe This recipe looks great. I'd love for you to link it to my 'Sweets This Week' Link Party @

  6. Oh my goodness! I just bought some turkey sausage and wondered what to do with it. I'm going to make your soup! Thanks for sharing, it looks and sounds delicious.

  7. Tested, Tried, Tasted and all I have to say is it's great. Love it a long
    Thanks for the recipe Dad.

  8. were did that come from (long) try lot.

  9. Anna,

    I literally woke up this morning thinking about how much my family loves sausage. I can't wait to try this soup-now all I need is a cool square bowl to serve it in. Been clicking around the blog-dig it.

  10. I love soup too! Your not alone!!! I'm your newest follower. Please try to stop by and link up this recipe and other's at

  11. my SIL was just asking yesterday if i had a sausage soup recipe--imagine my joy to see this recipe tonight--yeah!
    popping in from tatertots

  12. Your soup looks terrific and my mouth is watering a bit at just the thought of tasting it.
    Hopefully my own "dinner hater" will like it.

  13. I love soup too! I actually love it year-round, but my husband only likes to eat it during fall and winter. Shaking my head at the fact that your hubs doesn't like cheese! :-)

    Anyway, I would love it if you'd come on over and link this up to Foodie Friday.

    ~ The Speckled Dog

  14. Thank you for linking up to Whats Cookin In The Kitchen on Katie's Cucina! Make sure you stop by again this Friday to link up new recipes!!!

  15. Anna, This is perfect for the colder weather coming our way! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a feature button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  16. Funny my husband is not quite as finicky. He will not indulge in soups most of the time. That's okay more for me when I make this one.

  17. I made the Italian Sausage soup tonight and we had friends over. Let me first say I usually do not eat Italian Sausage. Everybody loved the soup. It is our new favoite. I did make 2 small changes. I used 4 cups of broth and 2 onions. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.


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