Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Baby it's (still) cold outside....warm up with comforting SOUP



This has been such a bitter cold January. Here in my neck of the woods the temperature has been around 5 degrees for weeks on end. The most wonderful comforting food to deal with this cold is SOUP! Here is a recipe I created a few years ago & it's delish!


Italian White Bean Soup

It's chock full of good things like Italian sausage, lots of vegetables and white beans in a yummy thick tomato broth. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread and a tossed salad and you have a meal.
Italian White Bean Soup

1 pound  bulk hot italian sausage  (you can use 1/2 ground beef  & ½ sausage)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cups diced potatoes (for speed & convenience I use frozen southern style  hashbrowns)
2 stocks celery, diced
1 med large onion chopped
½ to l package julienned carrots (or grate 2-3 large carrots)
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 heaping tablespoons basil pesto
1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce (I like Paul Newman’s Basil tomato)
1 – 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or Herbs d’provence
6 – 8 cups chicken broth
2 cans great northern beans drained and rinsed
¼- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or more if desired (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Fresh Basil leaves for garnish (optional)
Parmesan cheese grated (optional) 

In a large heavy pot,  brown the sausage until no longer pink. Add onions and sauté a few minutes until softened. Add remaining ingredients accept for parmesan cheese and the fresh basil leaves and stir well. Bring to a rolling boil and then turn down heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with the optional parmesan cheese and a few basil leaves in center. Serve. Makes 3-4 quarts of soup.

I know your family will LOVE this. And it's even better the next day. If you'd like, put it all together in the morning and put in a crockpot and cook on low for 7-9 hours. Add the beans the last two hours. ENJOY!

THANK YOU for joining me. It's always nice to have you drop by. Would love to know that you've been here. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.
                    
        

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8 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Thanks, Nann! I definately need to try that yummy looking recipe!

Hugs!

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Nann! How lovely to see a post from you. Think of you often. We've had the opposite here this summer. Very, very warm days. We're going through our typical wet season now. Hopefully not as bad as a couple years ago when the whole country flooded. We desperately need the rain but without the winds. Hope you and your family have been well.

Anne xx

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That soup sounds wonderful. It is around 30 degrees here but I still feel chilled all the time. Before you know it I'll be complaining about the heat :) Good to see your post!

Lorraine said...

Good morning, Nann,

I don't see the quantity of beans listed in the ingredients. Also, when using the crockpot, should they be added at the end?

Thank you!
Lorraine

Infuse With Liz said...

Hi Nann! This recipe sounds delicious! I rarely make soup and its cold here! I should give this a try especially since I have a new crock pot!

Jacqueline said...

Hi Nann, so nice to hear from you! I agree, this has been way too cold and now fog!!! I need to stay away during the whole month of January. This looks so warm and comforting.

Shabby Sweet Tea said...

It's been super cold here in NC and now it's super warm! So nice to see a post up on your blog. I've missed ya!

Rosita Vargas said...

Deliciosa y tentadora sopa reconfortante me encanta,abrazos

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