Cook sausage in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove sausage from Dutch oven, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Sauté onion in hot drippings 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and return to Dutch oven.
Stir chicken broth and next 3 ingredients into sausage mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes.
Stir in spinach and next 2 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese. Serve with Parmesan-Pepper Cornbread Biscotti.
I made a vegetarian (or vegan?) version of this. I was worried it wouldn't be very tasty b/c of the lack of meat but it's REALLY tasty! I changed a couple of things:
1. No meat
2. Substitute veg broth for the chicken broth
3. Add 2 c of sliced carrots
4. Add 1 can white beans (to make up for the lack of meat)
5. Cut the veg broth down to 32 oz
6. Puree half the tomatoes with 1 can of the beans & add back to the soup for extra creaminess
7. Substituted swiss chard from my garden for the spinach
I did not have the ingredients to try the bread but it looks great! I poured it into freezer bags and froze some as it made a ton. Will have to see how it holds up in freezer as I plan to use it for those last minute dinner nights when I can't face the dishes!
My kids ate two bowls. If that doesn't pass the taste test, I don't know what does.
making it again, this time with added diced chicken, lentils..and collard greens. Things I have left over in the fridge. I'm sure it will be yummy!
Truly outstanding soup recipe! Flavorful, easy to make and interesting. I didn't make the biscotti because I was making this after work, which cut my total cook time down to 1 hour, 10 minutes. They say it take about 40 minutes hands on, but it didn't seem that long for me to put it together. I think it's a wonderful week night meal. Once I had everything simmering, there was just enough time to make a batch of fresh cornbread. Delicious!
Perfect soup for a cold/windy day!! Quick & easy to prepare....I added some mini shell macaroni & it tasted a lot like minestrone soup which is my favorite. Didn't try the biscotti, but it sounds really good. I agree with the previous reviewer about having a nutrition chart, what about it Southern Living???