Disclaimer: I received free products from Tresomega to create recipes. All opinions are my own.
They're saying that we're going to have a bitterly cold, brutal winter. I don't like any of the words in that sentence.
I am not a winter person at all, and if I could stand humidity, I'd probably live in Florida to avoid it entirely because I am not a fan of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. I'd even be okay with hibernation.
But I do like the holidays, so I can stand winter up until Christmas and then I'm ready to press the fast forward button to April when it's supposed to be spring again. Unfortunately, hibernation and fast forward buttons aren't an option, I grumble a lot and stick it out. And make a lot of soup and other hearty meals.
This soup came together by accident on a recent cold day that we had. Those are my favorite kind of recipes, where you're not planning to make something specific and just using up the ingredients you have and you end up with something absolutely delicious that you can't wait to recreate.
Spicy Italian Pasta Soup
- 2 spicy Italian sausage links
- 2 cups Tresomega Gluten-Free Organic Quinoa Penne Pasta
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 12 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables carrots, peas, green beans, corn
- ½ cup frozen diced onion or fresh
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
- 15 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes with juice
- 10.75 oz. can tomato soup
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper or more to taste
- Optional: fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
- Place the sausage links in a skillet over medium heat. Cook for 8 minutes, turning sausages over every few minutes, until cooked though. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
- Meanwhile, add 8 cups of water and kosher salt to a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, add in pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes or until just barely al-dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain remaining and set aside.
- Return the stock pot over medium heat and add remaining ingredients (mixed vegetables through crushed red pepper).
- Stir ingredients together and bring to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, slice cooked sausage into ½-inch rounds. Optionally, remove the casings.
- Simmer soup for 20 minutes then add in sausage and cook for 10 minutes more.
- Stir in cooked pasta. If the soup is too thick for your liking, thin out with the reserved pasta water, adding ¼ cup at a time and stirring well before adding more.
- Divide into bowls and top with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese if you like.
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Do you have opened bags of frozen veggies in your freezer? I do. Well, I did. A few weeks ago I went through the freezer and ended up combining them all into one bag and labled it "soup mix". It cleared up a lot of space in the freezer and gave me a purpose for those small quantities of leftover veggies that weren't enough to serve individually at a meal.
The plan that day was just to make soup using up those vegetables, however my aunt was over and had mentioned that her neighbor had just made some delicious soup that had pasta and sausage in it. My eyes lit up and I began gathering ingredients. I keep a pretty stocked pantry, but I think most of these ingredients are kept on hand by a lot of people. The green pepper and jalapeno were unplanned additions. We happened to see if anything was still alive in my garden and found those so we added them in. Using canned tomato soup really thickens up the recipe and the fire roasted tomatoes add so much more flavor than a can of plain diced tomatoes.
I was given the opportunity to receive products from Tresomega to create recipes for their blogger recipe challenge. I received coconut oil and three different types of quinoa pasta to create recipes.
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I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about quinoa pasta. I've tried other pasta alternatives before and they were either very hit or miss, but this pasta is great. The texture is pretty similar, but it is heartier and I think it held up perfectly in a hearty soup like this where regular pasta could easily get mushy and lost.
My favorite thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can easily adjust this to your tastes by what you have on hand in your pantry and freezer. I served this to my brother in law who said that it was probably the best bowl of soup he's ever had in his life and that he could easily see it served in high end restaurants as a rustic style soup or even in a cafe-style restaurant as an alternative to the standard tomato soup.