Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Simple Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Soup

There is no secret that I love me some soup. There are few things as nutritious, as comforting, as warming as a big bowl of homemade soup. It's also possibly one of the simplest things to ever come out of a kitchen. This is an adaptation from a Pennsylvania woman's Take 5 in Rachel Ray's Magazine this month. This reminds me, I take inspiration from all over, magazines, cookbooks, friends and family. If I don't credit you correctly, let me know, that's important. Back to the soup, it's simple.. it's peppery... it's got a good, filling kick to it. Here's the kicker, it's pretty good for you too.

Simple Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Soup
Source: By: Deirdre D'Ambro, adapted by me.


* 1 1/4 pounds hot Italian Turkey Sausage
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 head broccoli rabe, chopped
* Two 32-ounce containers (8 cups) low sodium, low fat chicken broth
* Two 15.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed


1. In a large saucepan, cook the sausage, breaking it up, over medium-high heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from the saucepan. Add the onion to the saucepan and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the broccoli rabe and chicken broth and bring to a simmer; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the sausage and beans and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

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Changing my blogging ways....

It's been a while since we've all chatted. It's been a while since I shared some of the love of my kitchen with all of you, and really, it's all about the love. Food, to me, and my family, definitely equals love, especially the Italian side. The amazing stories, jokes of the Virzi clan (that's them, right over there, back in the 80's) are always interweaved with mentions of dishes, of food and drink that fueled the conversation. Many of those conversations, going late into the evening, fueled with many a bottle of Italian red. Why, you ask do I mention all of this? I promise, I'm getting to that, but I suppose there's no time like the present. I'd like to share some of those stories, some of those dishes with all of you. I'd like to delve into our family's history and pull out the memories while at the same time sharing and making new ones. Don't get me wrong, this blog is about food; but food is one of the most powerful links to our memories. One whiff of a familiar food from childhood and you're right back there, in your mother's or your father's kitchen, watching, listening, remembering. Now, I also promise, this blog won't always be so deep. In fact, the next post I'm planning on making is a simple soup I made today, but sometimes you'll have to deal with me waxing poetic. Pin It