Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sausage Minestrone Soup

Sorry for the phone pictures. Let's be real... It's a miracle that I'm posting to begin with {on my phone no less!}

As the Arctic Vortex settled into my neck of the woods, I was in the mood for some soup. My go-to's are usually chicken and rice, chicken noodle, or vegetable beef. I was in the mood for something different and needed to clean out my fridge. I tossed this together and it turned out really well. "Legit" to be exact... Were the words of a friend whom I sent some some with. I didn't write things down as I conjured this up, I do apologize for that. This is my best recollection of it. 

4 links Nettles Smoked Sausage, sliced {This is a local sausage brand, I don't know where all it's available}
3 Yellow squash quartered and chopped
2 Zuccini (same)
1 Can diced tomatoes
3 Stalks celery, chopped
5-6 Carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced in to eighths
1/2 a large bag of Kale
1 bag 15 bean soup (toss the seasoning packet in the trash, we don't use it) I got this at Publix, I'm sure anything similar would work just as well.
2-4 qts vegetable broth or stock (SWANSON'S, don't skip the Swanson's) {add more water as needed
1-2 Tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 Tsp Oregano
1/4 Tsp Thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tsp Minced garlic

Pre soak beans over night or boil on high for about an hour or two (read the package instructions).
Saute sausage, onions, garlic and celery until soft and add to pot.
Add broth and some water ( I only had one or two qts of broth on hand). Add all the other veggies and cook on medium to medium high until all veggies are cooked through, about an hour or two.
This makes a huge pot. It fed about 10 people and had leftovers.