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HOW TO 3: TOMATO SAUSAGE SOUP

Discussion in 'Food Talk' started by Xaks, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Feb 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    Xaks

    Xaks [OP] Cranky & often armed sysadmin

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    While recovering from the game last night, and I'll not get into that at all here...ahem, recovering from last night overindulgences gave me an appetite for something hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, and a little spicy. Considering the level of beer intake, my head feels kinda like this:

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    My delicate condition also dictated that it be fairly simple to make, and something I didn't have to do much / any shopping for.

    So, here we go. One of my favorite winter recipes!

    Ingredients:
    * 1 pound Italian sausage
    * 1 onion, chopped
    * 2 (14 ounce) cans petite cut or diced tomatoes (do NOT drain!)
    * 6 cups (or 2x26oz) stock - I use beef and chicken
    * 1-2 teaspoons dried basil
    * 2 cups pasta - I use egg noodles, also macaroni or spirals
    * 2 whole garlic cloves (sliced thin)
    * 1 cup chopped celery
    * 1 cup chopped carrots
    * 1 cup chopped mushrooms (fresh is best)
    * 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
    * black pepper to taste

    As usual, I prep all my ingredients before starting to cook. I like having everything laid out so I don't wind up missing something. The cat wandered in and decided to supervise...she is so spoiled rotten it isn't even funny.

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    Here it is, all portioned out. I like using paper plates (disposable/recyclable/compostable) to hold things.

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    Directions:

    1. In a soup pot, cook sausage over medium heat until no pink remains. Stir often, using medium high heat. Only put a wee bit of olive oil in the pan for the start...fat will cook off quickly and prevent further sticking.

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    2. Add onions, mushrooms, celery, garlic and carrots. Cook uncovered until onions and celery are soft. I cook a minute, stir the whole mess, cook another minute, stir vigorously, cook another minute, stir, etc. Takes 8-10 minutes for it to all cook down.

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    3. Add tomatoes (including juice), stock, cabbage, and basil. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10. Yes, this will look vaguely like one of satan's bowel movements. Trust me, your patience will be rewarded.

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    4. Stir in pasta and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender to your liking.

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    Season with garlic salt & pepper to taste. Serve.

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    I promise you, you'll LOVE the flavor of this on a cold winters' day.
     
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