Hasty Italian sausage soup combines pre-cooked Italian sausage, frozen mixed vegetables, stewed tomatoes and broken spaghetti. The addition of garlic and other seasonings makes it a tasty as well as filling soup. Because you use pre-cooked meat and frozen vegetables there is little prep work involved.
My better half spent the afternoon having a wisdom tooth removed. I knew he’d be starved when he got home and this soup came about in an attempt to have something to feed him for dinner. It was a perfect solution.
The recipe makes about 4 to 5 servings.
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil or olive oil
- ½ package of Italian sausage, pre-cooked
- 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 can of stewed tomatoes
- 2 tomato cans of water
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons of chicken bullion
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper
- 5 squirts of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 to 2 oz. of spaghetti broken into 2 inch pieces
Heat the tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven. Peel the foil from the pre-cooked and frozen Italian sausage and add the frozen meat to the hot oil. Add the mixed frozen vegetables. Put the lid on the pan and cook over medium heat until the sausage has thawed. Add the can of tomatoes and the 2 cans of water. Add the garlic and the rest of the seasonings, except the butter. Stir and let simmer for about 30 minutes or longer. Check and stir about every 10 minutes. Add more water if you think it needs it. Bring the soup back to a boil and add the broken spaghetti. Stir and cover. Cook until the noodles are well done. Lower the heat and add the butter.
Serve alone or with breads and crackers.
I wish I’d mashed the stewed tomatoes before adding them to the soup.
Fresh vegetables could be used instead of frozen mixed vegetables but it would take some prep.
Any pasta would work and be a great way to use up small amounts you might have on hand. Left over mac and cheese would work well or maybe left over pasta salad.
A can of any type of beans, such as kidney or baked could be added. I’ll try that the next time I make this recipe.