I have had a few people ask me for this recipe and I am happy to share it with you. It is actually a recipe taken from a cookbook, a friend and my own touches.
This soup is easy to make and very filling. I usually serve it with homemade biscuits.
I hope you enjoy it during the cold winter months.1 pound sausage (ground or sweet cut up-we prefer the ground sausage), or ground beef (I am going to try meatballs next time) extra-virgin olive oil app 1 cup chopped or frozen onion 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, un-drained 1 can (15 1/2 ounces cannelloni beans, un-drained (you can also use navy or kidney beans if you prefer) 1 can zucchini in tomato sauce (or 1 med zucchini-chopped) 1 cup frozen cut green beans, thawed 1/2 to a 1 pkg of frozen spinach, thawed (basically use as much or as little as you like) 2 cans (14 ounces of chicken broth), I have used beef when I did not have chicken on hand and it turned out just as good) 1/4 tsp garlic powder 3 TBL fresh chopped fresh basil 1 pkg (9 ounces) refrigerated sausage or cheese filled tortellini pasta OR gnocchi (we have used both and both are delicious) Grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese or a combination of the two. 1. Cook and drain onion and the ground meat. 2. Add meat, tomatoes with juice, beans with juice, zucchini – with sauce, green beans, spinach, broth, dash or two of olive oil and garlic powder to 5 qt crock pot. Cover; cook on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 1/2 hours. 3. Turn crock pot to HIGH. Add tortellini or gnocchi and cook 20-25 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Stir in basil. Garnish each serving with cheese. NOTE: you do not have to add meat, that was one of my additions, my husband likes meat in his soups. I have had it without the meat and it is just as delicious. Also you can substitute vegetables if you do not prefer to use what I do, or add more – whatever your taste. ENJOY! ENJOY!