Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Big Red Pot: Sausage Soup

Baby, it's cold outside is definitely the most appropriate Christmas carol around here these days. Temps are way down in the low 30's and winds are 15-20mph. VERY cold for us here at the beach.

So, this week the big red pot has been in heavy rotation simmering up some sausage soup. I know the name is kind of nasty, but trust me. This is GOOD stuff! And the major bonus? Only a few simple ingredients, and you're done. Dinner's on the table. Sorry, Kimberly, this one's the anti-vegetarian recipe.

Sausage Soup

1 lb. sausage (mild, or hot if you like spicy food)
1 large white onion, chopped
1 20 oz. can peeled, diced tomatoes
32 oz. chicken broth
1 tsp. basil
1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
Dash of red pepper (if you like it hot)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Remove casings from sausage. Brown in large Dutch oven. Add chopped onion and continue cooking until tender. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper. Bring to a boil. Add orzo and simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese when serving. 

Options: If you want to add some extra veggies, you can add some chopped celery and sliced zucchini when you add the onions.


Kerri said...

I made a almost the same soup last night! The only difference was instead of orzo, ours had cheese tortellini and instead of basil, we had parsley. Those are the only two differences!
I will have to try your version! Soups are my favorite thing to try...they're hard to mess up! :)
I LOVE Your little tag in the corner of your photo...cool!

Dani said...


Another bowl, please.

sloan said...

LOVING the recipes that are made in your big red pot! This one is a perfect addition to my famous winter soup collection ... thanks! YUM!

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...

Teehee ;) It does look delicious!!!

Jill said...

Looks yummy, and I love the red pot! ;-)

Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year!!!

Many Blessings,

Lisa said...

I made this tonight, it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe :-)

Nicolle said...

The soup sounds delicious and I want an orange pot like that! :)

Merry Christmas!

Larissa said...

Looks delish! and it is cold - i'm not too far away from you in gloucester va. Happy holidays!

Cindy said...

Digging that soup...and tgat pot!!
Enjoy the night and Merry Christmas friend!