Hearty Italian Ratatouille Soup
This blend of vegetables with Italian sausage will be sure to warm you up on a crisp winter night.
- Ready In:
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage
- 1 cup zucchini, sliced quartered lengthwise
- 1 cup yellow squash, sliced quartered lengthwise
- 1 small eggplant, 1-inch cubed
- 1 red bell pepper, 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup portabella mushroom
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
- salt, pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil
- Heat olive oil in large pot, and saute onion.
- Remove casings from Italian sausage and cut up into 1 inch pieces, add to pan.
- Cook sausage until brown about 10 minutes, remove from pan and drain half the fat.
- Add the zucchini, squash, eggplant, red pepper, mushrooms and salt and pepper. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, stewed tomatoes, and sausage to the pot, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium/low - low to a simmer for 20-25 minutes until vegetables are tender and sausage is cooked through.
- Stir in fresh basil in last 5 minutes.
- You can reduce the fat and calories by using a turkey based sausage, or make this a vegetarian dish by using a soy/tofu sausage or even garbanzo beans.
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This is awesome! I've made it a few times and I can't believe I hadn't reviewed it yet. This is a very forgiving recipe and you can add just about any vegetables you have on hand that need to be used. I add 4 cloves of garlic, about a teaspoon of italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and a cup or two of egg noodles. The first time I made it my husband said it was the best thing I ever made! I made it again last night and didn't have enough sausage so I added a pound of ground chicken...still great! Thanks!
Very, VERY satisfying soup. I made it exactly as written, EXCEPT: I added a couple of handfulls of bow-tie pasta (which worked really well,) mixed Italian spices, about five cloves minced garlic, and SPICY Italian sausage. Even our delicate, "special" palate folks loved the extra kick. It made the soup more warming but not overbearing. I also adjusted the chicken broth (I make my own with RL Schreiber base) to accomodate our own sense of "balance." Good one, Sarah. It's a keeper.