Good Thursday everyone! The folks at Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Pasta Sauce sent me some of their wonderful sauces to try. Let me tell you they are incredible! So incredible that I used one to create this zippity do da soup that’s done in practically no time at all.
If you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner that won’t keep you in the kitchen long (I hope you can handle 10 minutes), you’ll love this. I’m not just saying that this soup tastes like it’s been simmering all day, it really does. My whole family had the entire pot eaten without any leftovers the next day. I even caught my 3 year old picking up his bowl to drink the very last drop. Trust me this one is tasty! Make sure to enjoy this soup with some good garlic bread and a salad too.
Creamy Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 10 fresh basil leaves chiffonade (stacked, rolled and thinly sliced)
- 1 26 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce or homemade sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Place olive oil into a medium sized dutch oven over medium heat. Cook sausage until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil leaves, pasta sauce, water, half and half, salt and pepper. Cook until warm then reduce heat to low. Simmer until ready to serve. It's that easy!
After we enjoyed our soup, we had a fun little family night where I had little cakes for the boys to decorate and here’s a glimpse of how the night turned out. A total mess thanks to the above big kid himself. You better believe when the boys saw Dad do it, there was no stopping them. So much for the decorating! I couldn’t help but snap some pics of these cake mangling goofballs.
I have made this soup a few times and it is very easy. My half/half always curdled to little balls of curd in the soup. Do you know why? To combat this, I add cream cheese(4-6 oz) to the soup rather than half/half and then increase the liquid by adding broth (1.5cups).
With these changes – I don’t have curdled milk in my soup and it still tastes great :). Thank you!
10 minutes but tastes like a lot of effort? Sign me up 🙂 bf asked for some food and I had a big thing to do and literally whipped this up so quickly and it’s soo good! I used Publix brand 3 (or 4?) cheese sauce
I made this tonight for dinner. Sautee’d a half of an onion with the sausage and also added 1/2 of Ditalini pasta. We LOVED it. Fantastic recipe that can be a great base to so many ideas.
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Made last night! Perfect quick dinner (& leftover lunch)
Made this for dinner last night along with some fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. This recipe was FANTASTIC!! Even my skeptical husband LOVED it. Fabulous!