When I lived up in Northern California, I had a wonderful friend named Deb.
Deb loved to cook.
We were like two peas in a pod!
She used to have a fun girls night over at her house where we would drink wine, make huge pots of a few different soups, have dinner then package up and divide the soups between all the girls to take home and freeze.
This was one of my favorite soups that we used to make.
My whole family loves this soup.
It’s a rich tomato based soup enhanced with red wine.
It’s loaded with Italian sausage, pasta, mushroom and spinach.
It’s served hot, then it’s loaded with chunks of Provolone and a topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan and basil.
Doesn’t that sound like a whole lot of YUM!!!
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 1h 20 min
- Yield : 6
- 1 Pound Sweet Italian Sausage, Casing Removed
- 1 Large Yellow Onion, Chopped
- 2 Large Carrots, Peeled and Diced
- 2 Cups Crimini Mushrooms, Sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Garlic Cloves, Chopped
- 64 Ounces Chicken Broth
- 1 Cup Red Wine
- 8 Ounces Tomato Sauce
- 1 (14.5 Ounce) Can Chopped Italian-Style Stewed Tomatoes
- Pinch Sugar
- 3 Cups Dried Pasta, Campanelle, Uncooked
- 2 Cups Fresh Spinach, Chopped
- 1 Cup or More Provolone or Mozzarella Cheese, Cubed
- 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Basil. Thinly Sliced
1.In a large Dutch oven brown sausage over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot: saute 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic , and saute another 3 minutes.
2.Add Chicken broth, wine, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and pinch of sugar to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
3.Add pasta and continue to simmer until pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes. Add spinach and cook just until spinach is wilted.
4.In individual soup bowl's add desired amount of Provolone or Mozzarella cheese cubes. Add hot soup to bowls. Top with Parmesan and basil. Serve :)