I got this recipe from a Quick Cooking magazine a l-o-n-g time ago. It is really called Italian Peasant Soup. I am making it for dinner tonight, since I have some Italian sausage leftovers to use up. I am substituting a little orzo I already have on hand for one of the cans of white beans too-it's a flexible recipe. I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine has!
Better Than Olive Garden's Soup
1 pound Italian sausage, cut in 1" pieces
2 medium onions, diced
6 cloves garlic (or equivalent), minced
1 pound chicken breasts, cut in 1" cubes
2 cans white kidney beans, drained
3 cans chicken broth
2-14ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package frozen, chopped spinach (defrost and squeeze dry)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
In a large pot, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink and drain grease. Add onions and garlic and cook til tender. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink. Add all the remaining ingredients to the large pot. Stir together. Simmer for 20 minutes on stove top over medium heat. You can also cook the soup in a slow cooker all day.
Makes 8 servings