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During the cold Ohio winters I love making soups and stews. I also like to take my favorite summer foods and make them into soups. This time I took an Italian sausage and pepper sandwich and turned it into a soup. There are a few things I love about soups. They are filling, hearty, and it’s a great way to get your vegetables in without weighing you down.

What you’ll need:

  1. Three turkey Italian sausage links casing removed
  2. 1 cup diced carrots
  3. 2 green peppers diced
  4. 1 red pepper diced
  5. 1 sweet onion diced
  6. 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  7. 4 cups chicken broth
  8. 1 Tbsp celery seed
  9. 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  10. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  11. 2 cups dry bow tie pasta (or your favorite kind of pasta)
  12. 1 Tbsp of French’s fried onions for garnish
  • Combine sausage, vegetables, and 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a pot
  • Cook the mixture until the vegetables are soft and the sausage is cooked
  • Add tomato paste and incorporate into mixture
  • Add seasonings and broth.
  • Cook at a simmer for 20 minutes
  • Cook pasta according to the instructions on the box
  • Put some of the cooked pasta in the bowl and add soup over top
  • garnish with fried onions and ENJOY!

I like to use other things besides crackers in my soups. It also will cut down on the calories and carbs. I use fried onions, baked tortillas, sesame sticks, etc

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