Recipe by Garden Girl
A hearty, flavourful soup with lots of room for variation... just like I like it.
Top Review by Catherine Robson
Wow!! This is one spicy soup. I made as listed with the only substitution being the corn for zucchini due to food allergies. My DH LOVED it and found the spiciness perfect- however too hot for the rest of the family. I ended up puting 1/2 the soup in one pot for DH and watering down the other 1/2 for the rest of the family - which we enjoyed very much. I will scale back the tabasco to 1/2 teaspoon next time & my husband can add his own to the bowl. Thanks for sharing Garden Girl
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage, crumbled
- 1 1⁄2 cups carrots
- 1 1⁄2 cups celery
- 1 1⁄2 cups onions
- 4 -5 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (10 ounce) can chickpeas
- 1 (10 ounce) can romano beans
- 1 (5 1/2 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
- 8 cups water, to cover
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons basil
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 bay leaf (really all spices are to taste)
- parmesan cheese, to serve
Directions See How It's Made
- You will need a big soup pot for this recipe, I often end up with my pot to full and have to divide it up mid way -- be smart choose a big pot.
- Chop fresh vegetables into soup sized chunks, this will vary depending on how you like your soup. I cut carrot dollars and big chunks of onion.
- Heat oil in the soup pot over medium/high heat.
- Brown sausage with onions, garlic, celery, and carrots.
- When the sausage is evenly browned and the vegetables are slightly softened add the chicken bullion, tomato paste and spices. Stir in and let the pastiness of the tomato paste cook out for a couple minutes.
- Add the beans (rinse your beans), corn and tomatoes, don't drain the juices from the tomatoes just add it.
- Add liquid. Add as much liquid as you desire to your soup depending on the heartiness desired.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for awhile. You can serve immediately. Add cooked macaroni noodles and Parmesan cheese to serve.