I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s okay with me ’cause I love fall colors.
And while we don’t have true chilly, fall weather (lately we’ve had very warm days in the 80s) it does cool off at night — to about 50. The crisp air is so pleasant. It’s made even moreso with a pot of bubbling soup or some other harvest-type menu. This recipe is one of FishPapa’s very favorites. It makes use of lots of vegetables as well as Italian spices. It’s a stick-to-yer-ribs kind of meal. No matter where you live, you’ll want to try our Minestrone!
Recipe: Minestrone Soup with Sausage
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled, trimmed and thickly sliced
- 2-3 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 zucchini, washed, sliced and quartered
- 1 bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into ½ -inch squares
- 1½ cups frozen cut green beans
- 8 cups beef, chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- 28-ounce petite diced tomatoes
- 1 regular can garbanzo beans OR white cannelini beans
- 2 Tablespoons oregano
- 1 Tablespoon basil
- 1 cup small pasta, such as shells OR 1 pound tortellini
- salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage, cooked, drained and sliced
- grated Parmesan to garnish
- Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 10-15 minutes. Stir in carrots and sauté 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, pepper, and zucchini, sautéing each vegetable 2-3 minutes before adding the next.
- Add broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, white beans, and spices. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmered covered over low heat from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Salt and pepper to taste.
- 15 minutes before serving, bring to boil and stir in pasta. Stir in sausage and continue cooking until sausage is heated thoroughly and pasta is completely cooked.
- Garnish with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
This is a fantastic recipe for the crockpot! Saute in a frying pan as recipe directs, but then combine all ingredients, except noodles and meat, in the crockpot. Turn pot to low and allow to simmer during the day. Twenty minutes before serving time, adjust seasonings, turn heat to high and add pasta and meat. Leaving the cover off also allows soup to thicken slightly.
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PS It looks like BooMama is hosting a soup swap, so hop over there for some soup/crockpot inspiration.