Saturday, February 2, 2013

30 Minute Soup - And it's Good!

Sometime ago we were invited to dinner at our dear friends the Ernandes'. The menu that night, soup. The soup was fabulous so I of course asked for the recipe and Teri obliged and made me a copy. Little did I know this soup was easy to make and didn't need to cook all day to taste great. It has now become a dish I make often. There is a good chance you have everything for this soup in your kitchen right now. And if you don't have everything you can probably substitute. In fact I have altered the recipe for our family and you can do the same too. So here goes.

Tuscan Bean Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 med white onion, chopped
1lb of Italian sausage
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of white beans
3 cans of chicken broth
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup white rice

Saute onion in the heated olive oil in a soup pot.

Crumble sausage and cook till no longer pink with the sauteed onion.

 Open the cans of tomatoes, beans and broth and add to pot. Stir.

 Add the Italian seasoning and rice, stir.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked.
That is it! Make a salad, warm a loaf of crusty bread and dinner is served.

As you can see, the recipe has endless substitutions depending on your taste buds and what is in your pantry. I used mild sausage, you could use spicy Italian or even turkey Italian sausage. The onions and the Italian seasoning were my additions to the original recipe. I used white kidney beans. You could use small white beans. Last time I made this I accidentally opened a can of garbanzo beans instead of the white beans. It still tasted great. 
This one makes enough for a family of six and leftovers for lunch tomorrow too. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Do you have a favorite go-to soup? Thanks for reading! ~mrs. c

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