Got 15 minutes? You can feed your family this delicious Italian sausage soup from the Eat at Home Tonight cookbook. Add bread for a one-pot meal perfect for busy fall weeknights!
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I've known Tiffany for years through blogging and she has consistently produced real meal solutions for busy families just like hers. So I was pretty sure that her cookbook would be just as useful for getting meals on the table - and I was right!
I was able to get an early copy so I could try out the recipes and give an honest review - which is pretty easy to do because I think you'll love this cookbook.
Over the years I've pared down my once large cookbook collection to just the ones I really use. I can already tell that this cookbook will join my most-used shelf.
To be honest, I really didn't know what to expect - would the recipes be healthy and use real food ingredients?
I'm happy to say yes.
Not only that, each recipe comes with an introduction that helps you get to know Tiffany and her family (so down to earth with real family struggles around mealtime) and understand the recipe. I actually sat down and read it like a book when I got it!
But the chapters are what really sold me. How is this for useful and real life:
- I Only Have 15 Minutes Tonight
- My Refrigerator is Empty Tonight
- I'm Out of the House and Won't Have Time to Cook Tonight (oh, yes you do with this book!)
- I Want to Cook for Tonight and Tomorrow
- We Can't Sit Down to a Meal Tonight
And more actual situations we find ourselves in all the time no matter what stage of life we're in. I'm all about useful and easy, so this book is right up my alley.
Okay, now about this soup. I was thrilled that I was given permission to share this with you since it's hearty, healthy, and satisfying - and ready to eat in just 15-20 minutes!
I've been on a mission for years to let people know that soup is one of the easiest things to make from scratch - you most definitely do NOT need canned soups - and this recipe proves it, along with my own recipes for Quick Curried Red Lentil Soup, Homemade Tomato Soup, and Amazing Cauliflower Cheese Soup to name a few.
One of the great things about the recipes in Eat At Home Tonight is that they mostly use pantry ingredients or are easily adaptable to personal tastes and what you actually have on hand.
My ingredient changes for this recipe are a good example:
- I couldn't find the sausage I thought I had, so I used ground pork that had come in our recent Butcher Box delivery.
- I don't usually have cans of broth - I keep chicken and turkey bone broth in the freezer and Better Than Bullion jars in the fridge
- I used the beans I had - a Tri-blend and Cannellini.
- Lastly, while I did have some frozen kale I could've used, I needed to use up this fresh spinach. I often switch kale and spinach in soups - they are both similar in this application.
- I had two small onions from the garden which I figured equalled one regular onion. It's not really a substitution, but I wanted to mention it so you can see that I've harvested a few things from our half-finished farmhouse garden!
How to Make Rustic Italian Sausage Soup
Making this Italian sausage soup couldn't be simpler:
1. Brown the meat and then dump all the remaining ingredients in the soup pot (except the cheese for topping).
LOVE recipes like this.
2. You then bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or let it simmer a bit longer if you have the time.
TIP: I brought the ingredients to a boil then simply turned off the heat and let it sit on the warm burner until we were ready to eat.
3. Top with parmesan, serve with bread and you've got dinner tonight!
This soup so flavorful, no one will ever guess it was made so fast.
More Quick & Flavorful Soups
- Quick Corn & Sausage Chowder
- Quick & Healthy Bone Broth Chicken Vegetable Soup
- Savory Tomato Seafood Stew
- Homemade Tomato Soup - You'll Never Go Back to Canned
Eat At Home Tonight: Rustic Italian Sausage Soup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 1 15-oz. can butter beans with liquid*
- 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed*
- 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 15-oz. can beef broth
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 cups coarsely chopped kale leaves**
- 1/2 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese optional
- In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion, and garlic and cook, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon as it cooks, until the sausage is browned.
- Add the beans, tomatoes with their juices, broth, basil, and kale. Bring to a boil and cook the soup for 4-5 minutes. TIP: I like to bring the ingredients to a boil then turn off the stove and let the soup sit on the warm burner until we're ready to eat. So easy!
- Ladle into bowls and serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.
- Use any ground meat instead of sausage - ground pork, turkey, chicken, or beef.
- Slice cooked sausage and use in place of the browned sausage - sauté along with the onions in step one.
- Omit meat and add another can of beans to keep it plant based.
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