a taste of tuscany soup

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By KATE P
from WATERLOO, IN

I was in the mood for a Minestrone-type soup today, and had a few things to use up.

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
serves 8-10
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 4 Hr

Ingredients For a taste of tuscany soup

  • 1 stick
    butter or
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 4
    carrots, chopped
  • 4
    celery stalks, chopped
  • 1
    large onion
  • 2-3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 4-6
    medium red tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 3 c
    water/ stock
  • 1/2
    package of italian sausage
  • 4
    russet potatoes, cubed into 1/2in cubes
  • 1/2
    box of small pasta shells
  • 3/4 c
    italian mix cheese
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 tsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley flakes, dried
  • 1 tsp
    sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can
    red beans or kidney beans
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How To Make a taste of tuscany soup

  • 1
    Mince or chop in a food processor as finely as possible, the Onions, Carrot and Celery.
  • 2
    In a 10in Skillet over low to medium heat, melt butter, gradually adding in your carrots, celery, and onion.
  • 3
    Simmer onions, celery and onion mixture in the butter about 5 minutes until the flavors marry.
  • 4
    Transfer contents of skillet to large saucepan or stockpot. Add Minced Garlic. Simmer on low heat.
  • 5
    In 10 in Skillet, simmer Tomatoes until about half the juice cooks off. Add to Stockpot.
  • 6
    Add Water or Stock (either Chicken or Vegetable work well in this soup) and continue to simmer.
  • 7
    In 10 in Skillet, brown Sausage (Note: you can use more sausage, 1/2 package was what I had on hand.) Add to Stockpot, continuing to simmer.
  • 8
    Allow Stockpot to Simmer on low heat for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 9
    Add Potatoes, and Cheese, and raise the temperature to Medium (just below a boil) Cook until potatoes are still firm, but no longer raw (this depends mostly on how large you cut them, mine take about 4-5 minutes)
  • 10
    Return to a simmer, add spices, beans, and pasta shells. Simmer until shells are al dente.
  • 11
    Enjoy with (or without) a Hunk of hot crusty Italian Bread).

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