Date Night Dinners - Winter Soup

1/23/2015 tringel 0 Comments

It is officially winter. Okay, technically it has officially been winter for over a month, but is it truly winter without snow? While it has been more then sufficiently freezing these past couple months, the snow has been pretty mild, at least compared to my upstate New York days. A snow day, what's that? Crazy! Anywho, the snow has begun to accumulate, and with "big" storms forecasted for the entire weekend, my bundling skills have become even more dire.

Try as I might, at least some part of me still remains cold, weather it is my hands or feet or parts of my face. That is where this weeks dinner comes in. Brenden and I wanted something delicious; we wanted something hearty, and we wanted something warm. So, we decided to add another soup to our list of meals and recipes to have tried.

Not only was soup a great way to warm us up completely - hot bowls to wrap our hands around as the flavor infused broth moved from our mouths to our stomachs, heating us up all the way down - but it was a good precautionary step to ward off the sickness that goes around this time of year.

We found a recipe that included all the ingredients that we wanted in our soup and more importantly that we had laying around the house (can't being running around in the grocery store chaos that is before the snow comes). We watched the soup come to life and enjoyed a cozy evening with a new favorite homemade soup warming us up as we bundled under the blankets on our new couch and binge watched The Blacklist.

We hope you enjoy this soup as much as we did. It will definitely help you to stay warm!

Italian Winter Soup
Recipe adapted from, Healthy Italian Winter Soup

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  • 5 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1-15oz can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 8 oz bowtie pasta
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat.
  2. Add the slices sausage and cook for about three minutes.
  3. Add the chopped onion and garlic and continue cooking for about 5minutes, until the onion is soft and the sausage has browned.
  4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. Pour in the broth and kidney beans.
  6. Stir in the dried parsley, oregano, and thyme, communing well, and bring pot to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Stir in the spinach and uncooked pasta.
  9. Simmer the soup, covered, for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is at desired tenderness and ready to eat.
  10. Serve and enjoy as the soup warms you up.

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