Put a little kick in your dinner

I have been craving a new soup recipe without really having much idea of what exactly I wanted. Since everyone else around is coming along for the ride, so to speak, especially when it comes to meal planning, I went looking on one of my go-to websites. After searching for a while, I came across one that looked promising and we tried it out tonight. It is incredibly easy and quick, and fairly inexpensive, especially if you (like me) make your own chicken broth. Next time I make it I will be more diligent about separating the thawed spinach with two forks, however, because although Patrick liked the flavor, he was turned off by the texture and amount of spinach. His review went something like this: “Next time halve the spinach and I’ll be happy.” Hannah has a mild palate and didn’t like the kick from the italian sausage, so another possible modification is to use either a milder flavor of sausage or even bratwurst. Much of this soup’s tasty flavor comes from the sausage, though, so be warned against too much mild-ification; I think it would render the soup as a whole too bland. Another good addition would be some type of small noodle, such as ditalini (but of course I’m not following you home so you throw whatever pasta in there that appeals to you). Todd’s review was simply “Yum. That’s really good.”

Tuscano Soup
taken from this amazing website

1 pound Italian sausage
1 small onion, diced, 2 1/2 ounces
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
Freshly grated parmesan cheese, optional

Remove the sausage from its casings, if necessary. Brown the sausage in a 4-quart soup pot along with the onion and garlic; drain fat. Add the broth and undrained spinach; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add the cream and simmer a few minutes until the cream is heated. Season to taste. Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over each serving, if desired.

Makes six 3/4-cup servings or 5-6 cups
Can be frozen

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