Italian Sausage and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Italian Sausage and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
Italian Sausage and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup Orzo, uncooked

  • 1

    cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1

    lb. mild or hot Italian sausage, uncooked

  • 1

    T extra virgin olive oil

  • 1

    large sweet onion, finely minced

  • 1

    medium green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1

    banana pepper, finely chopped

  • 6

    cups chicken stock

  • 3

    cloves fresh garlic, pressed or finely minced

  • 1/2

    t salt

  • 1/4

    t ground black pepper

  • 2

    (14-15.5 oz.) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes

  • 2

    cups fresh baby spinach, chopped

  • 3

    T fresh oregano, or 1 T dried

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide the Parmesan cheese into small mounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 3-5 minutes, just until the cheese starts to brown. Remove from oven and place pan on cooling rack to cool completely. In a large pot, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until crumbly and browned, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer sausage to a dish and drain any fat from pot. In the same pot, add the olive oil, onion, green pepper and banana pepper. Saute, stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to soften, about 6-8 minutes. Add the chicken stock, garlic, salt, pepper and one can of fire-roasted tomatoes. Cover, increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Empty the remaining can of tomatoes into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add the pureed tomatoes and cooked sausage to the pot. Add the pasta and cook uncovered, 8-10 minutes until the pasta is tender. Add the spinach and oregano just before serving. Stir until spinach begins to wilt about 30-45 seconds. To serve, place one cheese crisp in the bottom of each individual bowl. Ladle the soup into the bowls and top with another cheese crisp. Serve with crusty rolls or bread, if desired.

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