comforting summer soup

thank you for all your cupcake wrapper giveaway entries!  i will announce the winners later this week to give my judges time to choose the winning idea. =)

in the meantime, here's a great soup to try out.  it's light enough for summer with its tastes and textures, and definitely works as comfort food even with high temperatures outside.  i actually prefer to eat it warm - not hot - with a slice of homemade italian bread.  and lastly, i cannot forget to mention what my designated taste tester will tell you about this recipe: do NOT leave off the cheese on top.  it truly makes the soup.

minestra soup with sweet italian sausage

2 tbs. olive oil
1 lb. bulk sweet italian sausage
2 medium to large yellow onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini beans
1 bunch escarole, coarsely chopped
1 32 oz. container (4 cups) chicken stock
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ditalini pasta
grated pecorino-romano cheese

1. in a soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat.  add the sausage in pieces and cook until browned, about 8 minutes.
2. add the onion and cook until softened (about 4 minutes), then stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.
3. add beans, escarole, chicken stock and water.  season with salt and pepper.  cover and bring to a boil.
4. uncover the pot and stir in the pasta. lower the heat to medium and cook pasta about 7 minutes.
5. top with pecorino-romano cheese before serving.  serving suggestion: serve with italian bread.

makes about 6 servings.  enjoy! =)

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  1. I'm not a fan of soup... but this one does sound yummy!

  2. I am stealing! now i have a printer that works! i am gonna make a debs cookbook all for myself ;) xoxo