Sausage Minestra

2015-02-03

Similar to Minestrone but more flavour and filling. It is a bit spicy so watch the pepper flakes or omit them.  This recipe serves

Ingredients

  • PARMESAN CROUTONS HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH, SALAD CRISPINS Italian Style, Parmesan Croutons
  • 2 Tbs olive oil Oil, olive, salad or cooking
  • 3 cups cubed baguette
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Cheese, parmesan, grated
  • SOUP Soup, chicken broth, canned, prepared with equal volume water, commercial
  • 2 Tbs olive oil Oil, olive, salad or cooking
  • 1 LB link Italian sausages, sliced, into 1"thick pieces Sausage, Italian, sweet, links
  • 2 cups diced onions Onions, raw
  • 1 Tbs garlic minced Garlic, raw
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning Spices, Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp kosher salt Salt, kosher
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes Spices, pepper, red, flakes
  • ½ cup dry white wine Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, white
  • 4 cups chicken broth Soup, chicken broth, canned, prepared with equal volume water, commercial
  • 2 cups tomatoes, seeded, diced Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average
  • ½ cup dry orzo pasta Pasta, orzo
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped Spinach, raw
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Method

Step 1

Toast baguette cubes in olive oil in saute pan over medium heat until crisp. Off the heat, toss with Parmesan cheese; set aside. Saute sausage in oil in a large pot over medium - high heat until browned. Add onion, garlic and seasoning; cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is soft. Deglaze with the wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Add broth. tomatoes, and orzo; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked. Stir in spinach until wilted. Serve topped with croutons on top.

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