Soups On!

Soups On!

Feb 16th 2022

Do you think soup is an older persons thing? you remember loving soup as a younger person?  I don't....but we love soup in this household now.  I make a big batch of soup nearly every Sunday and put it in little containers for my husband and I to to take to work.  Yes, he loves it too!  I'm telling you, I think it happens when you get have to love soup!  It doesn't have to be winter, we love it year round.  Mom likes store bought soups in a pinch, but I have to say, my soup making skills have been passed down from her and her homemade soups  Many years ago when I was twelve years old, my parents owned an ice cream shop.  Mom started serving lunches to the ladies and men who worked in a nearby factory.  It was a lunch counter by day, and the town ice cream hang out at night. She made big pots of soup every day.  I was 12 years old and that was my summer job, so it only became natural that I would learn how to make the soup.  We often discuss how different things are these days.....Mom wonders if she was a bad mom, half jokingly but she says "I knew you kids could do it so I told you to do it".  And it was so!  Every day I would help Mom make the soups, sandwiches and casseroles.  I never realized how important our "Sweet Shop" was until many years later as I run my own business.  Every step in life has a meaning and a purpose and I often look back fondly at those days of the Sweet shop, the lunch counter and....those soups!

Here's a soup recipe that I actually got from Hello Fresh.  We have been ordering from them for 4 years and this is one of our favorites.  I rarely follow the recipes....we are a pinch here and dab there type family, but this recipe can't be screwed up and is great minutes after you make it or the next day (we always learned that soup is better the next day after the flavors meld together)

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

1 lb of italian sausage
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup onion
1 tsp. dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
6 oz. tortellini (fresh or from the box)
4 cups chicken stock, I use more though as I like more broth
2 cups spinach
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
S & P

Saute the sausage, onion and garlic.  Keep chopping up the sausage until crumbly.  Add basil and crushed tomatoes.

Add Chicken stock, bring to a boil and add tortellini, cook until done.  Add spinach, stirring until it is wilted.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  Top with grated parmesan if desired.  

Enjoy some soup today!

.....until next time......