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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tonight's menu is a toss up

Today is my first day off of work for this work cycle and I'm kicking around ideas for tonight's dinner. I was thinking of Shrimp Jambalaya or maybe Italian Sausage Soup as it's a rainy, blustery day, which is perfect for either one of those dishes. Of couse, that's going to require me getting in the shower and getting dressed and heading to the store! lol. I've been fixing computer problems and working on billing my clients for my auction business today. Not fun but a must-do! I'll let you all know later about dinner!


And the winner is....

Italian Sausage Soup!!! And it was fantastic :). Here is the recipe.

Italian Sausage Soup

1 1/2 lbs Italian sausage, cut in 1/2" pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium green pepper, finely minced
1 medium onion, finely minced
28 oz can Italian style pear tomatoes
3 cans (14 oz ea) regular strength beef broth
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1/2 tsp basil leaves
3 TBSP chopped parsley
2 medium zucchini, sliced approximately 1/4" thick
3 cups uncooked bowtie noodles
Parmesan cheese, to taste

In a 5 qt Dutch oven or soup pot, brown sausage well over medium heat. Drain fat and remove sausage from pan. Add garlic, onions and bell pepper to pan and "deglaze" pan...scraping up all the browned bits; cook until limp. Stir in tomatoes (including liquid), beef broth, wine and basil. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Add parsley, zucchini and pasta and cook, covered, for approximatley 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls and sprinkel Parmesan cheese over top. Enjoy!

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