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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sausage, Pepper and Gnocchi Soup

While visiting with my friend Anne, I asked if she had any good soup recipes. She let me flip through her favorite Cooking Light cookbook, and I merged two recipes to make my own creation. I was quite pleased with the result, so here you go:

Brown 9-10 oz. mild Italian sausage (I used 3 links from a 5-link 16 oz. package) with one chopped onion.
Saute over medium heat until the meat browns and the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add two chopped bell peppers and continue to cook another 3-5 minutes.
Add 1 or 2 chopped garlic cloves, plus dried basil, oregano and red pepper (maybe 1/2 teaspoon of each...I didn't measure). Saute until fragrant.
Add 1 cup leftover champagne. ( might be saying there would never be any leftover champagne lying around your house...unfortunately, this champagne came from Walgreens on Christmas Day when options were limited. Need I say more?) Let it bubble away for a few minutes to concentrate the flavor.
Add 1 can of beef broth, 1 cup leftover chicken broth and 1 can of Italian tomatoes. (The recipes I consulted both called for stewed tomatoes, but then I had to try and break them up with my spatula, so I say just go with diced.)
Simmer until your sister finishes her conference call, about 20 minutes. Once she hangs up, turn up the heat, add 1 pound of dried gnocchi and boil for about 2 minutes or until the gnocchi float.

Add 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach and stir until it wilts. Top with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan and pop in a chick flick. (I recommend "One Day" with Anne Hathaway.)

For dessert, rip open those Christmas sweets you packaged up that morning to give away when you were trying to de-sweetify the house. (Pleased to report we did not sink to the level of pulling anything out of the trash can!)


Dee Stephens said...

Sounds awesome! I heard making risotto with champagne is good!

Mandy said...

This is one recipe I'll be trying soon!