Sunday, April 03, 2005

Tomato Spinach Soup

Quick and easy, this is good for lunch or as a first course. If you want to make this into a meal add the ingredients in parentheses.

1-2 tbl olive oil
1/2 onion,chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
(1 stalk celery, chopped)
(2 carrots, chopped)
1-2 tsp basil
1 - 1 1/2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
(1 lb hot or mild Italian sausage, in chunks)
1 can chopped tomatoes
(1 can red beans)
2-3 cans chicken stock
1/2 lb small pasta
water
1/2 package frozen, chopped spinach

Saute vegetables w/ seasonings til soft. If using sausage, add and saute til no longer pink. Pour off excess fat. Add tomatoes, (beans), and stock. Taste & correct seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of water, bring up to boil, and add pasta. Cook 5 minutes. Add frozen spinach and simmer another 5 minutes. Taste & correct seasonings.

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