Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sausage and Cannellini Soup (aka: Heaven on Earth!)

   There is just no way around it and no reason to deny it . . there is simply nothing more delicious than this soup . . . so says I (for the moment)!It was just a delight to dine on with the weather beginning to change and the sights and smells of autumn sneaking in. I love the fall! I can't wait to pull out my scarves and and sweaters and bundle up against the cold . . . that is before the sky turns a permanent dreary, milky gray for winter! Living in Austria and Germany taught me that there are a million and one ways to wear a scarf and knot it. So I am now obsessed!
   I would love to bake something with pumpkin in it this week if I find the time! It just sounds soooo good! Oh or homemade gingerbread, the actual bread, not the cookies. GH Bread Co has the BEST gingerbread! I swear that I could down a whole loaf myself (hopefully that will not happen) but I would really like to make some myself. I think that I found a good recipe . . . mal sehen.
   Oh, I have to add this lil' bit in . . . last night I had a a message on my phone . . . from my former boss from when I first started college(hello Stacy) I was totally surprised that he had called to comment on my blog! I thought "how in the world did he find it?" . . . thanks mom . . . I think she is going to start making t-shirts and aprons with my URL address on them (unless they are already made?) Anywho if you are visiting my blog because of my mom or another family member thanks and I hope that you enjoy! If you stumbled upon it welcome, and if you have checked it out before welcome back! Okay onto the soup . . .

Sausage and Cannellini Soup
Recipe by: Emily

1 lb Sausage (Italian Preferably)
32 oz Chicken Stock
1 cup sliced Squash, (zuc's or crookneck)
1 15 oz can Italian diced tomatoes
1/2 cup Orzo Pasta
1 can Cannellini Beans, rinsed
1/2 medium Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Sugar
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Red Pepper Flakes
1. Brown the sausage in a large sauce pan or soup pot. Once the meat is no longer pink add the onion, olive oil, and garlic. Once the onion is translucent add the sugar cook for 2 minutes then add the squash. Cook until the meat begins to brown and onions start to caramelize and squash begins to soften.
2. Pour in the chicken stock, and tomatoes. Bring stock to a gentle boil and add the orzo pasta. Gently boil for about 8 minutes then add the beans, salt, pepper and pepper flakes to taste. Simmer for a few more minutes then serve hot!
(I served this soup with our favorite pesto toasts! Shear delight!)


The Webb Family said...

Hi Emily-
I found your blog under Kristen's blog. I work with her at DRMC and told her the other day how much I have loved checking out your blog, I've even tried a few of your recipes and LOVE, LOVE them!! I even put your link on my blog - hope that's ok? Anyway, keep posting recipes, cause when I'm having the 'dinner mental block' I turn to YOU!!! you've got me into the cooking mode lately and trying new things, the speghetti squash was yummy and my 1 yr old loved it too!!
Andrea Webb ultrasound DRMC

Prudy said...

Lovely lovely soup, and it does look like heaven on earth-especially with those pesto toasts. Your mom is right to be proud! I'm still wondering how come you were living in Germany and Austria! More details please....

Emily said...

Andrea thanks so much! I am glad that you visit because I love doing it! Kiki is a blast! I bet she is fun to work with! This week is a wild one for teh Liechty's so I am sure something ooey and gooey will pop up (I hope!) Good luck cooking! Have a wonderful week!

Emily said...

Oop, sorry Prudy, I responded on a blog somewhere . . but can't remember so I will head on over to your post ASAP and fill you in!

Deborah said...

This soup sounds so delicious and I do think we will be trying it this weekend. I love your blog!

Pam said...

This is my kind of soup! I love sausage and beans - it looks wonderful.

Jenny said...

I am loving all these soups amongst the food bloggers. Your soup really looks incredible. I know I'd be in heaven savoring every bite!

Maria said...

Soup is everywhere! I am loving all of these new recipes. Your soup bowls are darling!

Prudy said...

Thanks for answering my question. I thought you were an RM. (Me too! I served in Santiago Chile.) Do you ever visit ?
She served a mission in Estonia. I love all your German foods. I've traveled through Germany a bit and Austria too. I'm going to Europe in November-not Germany this time, but Italy, Switzerland, France, and England, plus some time on the Isle of Guernsey (a little isle in the English Channel). Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question. I am loving your blog!

The Leishman's said...

Emily, hi! Your Mom was one of my teacher's in high school. I bumped into her at church today, and she gave me your blog. I must say WOW! Im so excited to try all you recipes... If your anything like your Mom im sure your nothing short of amazing:) You can view my blog at Im gonna put you on my link. My friends will love it!!! -Merilee