Sausage and Pasta Soup

Fall236 is in the air, and there’s nothing quite like a nice bowl of homemade soup to go with a crisp fall day. Here’s a nice, Italian style soup that can go as a side dish to an Italian recipe, or be a meal in itself.

Enjoy,

GM

SAUSAGE AND PASTA SOUP

  • 1 pound Italian sausage, sweet or mild, casings removed
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 t0 3 tbsp chopped garlic (if desired)
  • 1 jar tomato based meatless pasta sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz size)
  • 1 package frozen carrots OR
  • 1 or two fresh carrots, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash, chopped
  • 4 cups water or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pasta, such as rotelli

Brown sausage, chopped onion and garlic in a skillet until the sausage is thoroughly cooled. Drain and place in a crockpot. Add the pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, vegetables, water, (or chicken broth), and seasonings. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, checking frequently, and add water (or chicken broth), if needed. Stir in the pasta, turn crockpot to high, and cook for an additional 20 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked to desired firmness. Serve with garlic bread.