Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Italian Chicken Sausage Soup
I never thought I would look forward to a meal like this but it's been a long time coming. This week I'm slowly adding foods back into my diet. Beans are one of them and so is chicken (healthy) sausage. I 've made a version of this in the past but one of the ingredients is white wine. I know most of it "cooks off" but I didn't want to chance it. FACT: Wine is proven to make me gain weight.
The recipe I created contains ALL foods I can eat at this point. And still lose weight or at least inches. It tasted amazing, especially when it's 40 degrees outside!
about 5 chicken Italian sausages, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
4-5 Roma tomatoes cut up
2 cans cannellini (white) beans, rinsed well
1 large handful or about 1-2 cups arugula (or you can use spinach or chard)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 handful chopped fresh basil
In a large soup pot brown the sausage in the oil. Add onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes on medium heat. Then, add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil, cover and turn down the heat to simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. Serve with grated cheese or plain. Healthy, filling and extremely easy! ...serves 4 adequate servings.