A perfect Christmas soup, what with those reds and greens. Also a perfect antidote to all that sugar I know you’ve been nibbling.
I first had this soup at a family get together a few years ago. One of my aunts made it. It’s a hearty and meaty stew. Typically I try to stretch meat in soups but this is one that I usually leave as is.
Italian Peasant Stew
Adapted from Taste of Home
1 pound bulk pork sausage*
2 onions, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 t cayenne pepper
3/4 t fennel seed, crushed
1/2 t basil
1/2 t oregano
1 quart diced tomatoes, undrained
1 quart chicken stock
1 quart white beans (whatever you have on hand)
10 oz frozen spinach, chopped, no need to drain
2 cups shredded chicken
Salt to taste
*or use Italian sausage and skip the fennel
Brown sausage and onions. Add garlic the last minute. Add seasonings, stock, tomatoes, and beans. Simmer 30 minutes. Add chicken and spinach and through. I like to make this a few hours ahead and then leave it sit on the stove til supper, reheating if necessary. The extra time blends the flavors beautifully.
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“Put yis on me mom.”
And holiday gatherings begin! I’ll be baking pies this week.
I’m hoping to get another wheel of cheese made this week. We are hosting a large shindig at the end of December and with any luck, I can serve homemade cheese!
I still have the sourdough baby but have some questions. It doesn’t seem to be as sour as I’m reading about and wondering if I can liven this one up or try starting my own. It works (as in, the bread tastes fine and it rises) but it doesn’t taste all that sour. Suggestions from you pros?
Monday: Chicken Gravy over Waffles, Simple Green Salad
Tuesday: Pork and Sauer Kraut, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Wednesday: Rohrer Dinner (3 pies and Cranberry Relish)
Thursday: My mom’s family gathering (2 pies and Stuffing Balls)
Friday: Venison Roast, Homemade Noodles, Broccoli
Saturday: Honey Baked Chicken with Baked Brown Rice, Green Beans
Sunday: Chili Pie, Broccoli
Desserts: besides pies, maybe Blueberry Squares and definitely Pumpkin Roll for Brad’s birthday
Odds and Ends: Cheddar Cheese, Bread
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Perhaps I should begin a series called How to Solve the Boring Lunch: Simple, Fast Fixes for the Noon Meal.
Along with Sautéed Curried Anything, I often make rice and beans for a quick lunch.
As long as there are some toppings, the kids devour this. I love it plain but sour cream and cheese make it even better.
The cayenne I’ve been using lately is just dried cayenne peppers that I ground up. The stuff is HOT. Use whatever form of heat you like…cayenne pepper, hot sauce, etc.
I have cilantro that volunteered in the garden. It’s slowly freezing out but I pick the wilted leaves and eat them anyway.
This dish can be made in about 10 minutes, including prep. Easy, peasy.
Measurements are approximate. I never measure this sort of thing!
Rice and Beans
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup prepared salsa
2 cups leftover rice
1 cup cooked dry beans
1/4 t cumin
Sprinkle of red cayenne pepper flakes
Sauté the peppers and onions lightly in the oil. Add the salsa, rice, beans, cumin, and red pepper. Heat through. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro.
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