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If It’s Fall, It Must Be Soup

Fall is totally soup weather in my mind.  I love it.  Hubby, however, is less of a fan.  Unless, of course, it’s something like this – Lasagna Soup, originally shared by Cristi, and a permanent part of our rotation since.

First, brown 1 pound of Italian sausage.  I used hot sausage tonight, but if you are less of a fan of spicy, you could mix sweet and hot, or just go with all sweet.  Remove it from the casings, and just break it up with a wooden spoon as it browns.

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Once it is browned, add in 2 cups of diced onions,

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And one cup of diced carrots.

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And then five cloves of garlic, minced.  Or be like me and use a garlic press instead of mincing it by hand (Teh Lazy, I has it.)

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Once the onions and carrots have softened a bit, add in 1/4t crushed red pepper flakes, 1/2t dried oregano, and 1/2t dried basil.

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Pour in 4 cups of chicken broth (conveniently, that’s exactly one box),

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one large can of crushed tomatoes, and one regular (14 oz.) can of tomato sauce. (Organic not required. I just happen to like Giant’s organic store brand stuff)

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Once that comes to a boil, add in 1 cup (or more like 2 in my case) of dried pasta. The original recipe called for campanelle, but I can never find it, so I use gemelli.

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Simmer 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked. Then add in 2 cups fresh spinach. Or be like me and throw in the whole bag. What? I like spinach.

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Stir in the spinach and let it simmer for one or two minutes until the spinach is wilted. Nom.

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Remove from the heat. To serve, put a little bit of the liquid in the bottom of a bowl. (This keeps the cheese from melting solidly onto the bowl)

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Top with a small handful of shredded provolone-mozzarella mix.

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Ladle on the soup, and top with shredded parmesan and fresh basil.

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It will be ripping hot, so I recommend giving it a minute or two to cool. Of, you know, write a blog post about it. 😀

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