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Monday, May 11, 2009

Creamy Tomato Basil and Italian Turkey Sausage Soup

One of my favorite soups from the hospital cafeteria across from my lab is Tomato Florentine. It's a basic tomato soup with spinach and pasta shells. I was reminded of this soup when I saw Jenny's recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup. I loved that this recipe comes together in just 10 minutes! Of course my version takes a bit longer since I had to complicate it by adding some pasta and spinach, but it's still a super quick recipe, and it's delicious!
Creamy Tomato Basil and Italian Turkey Sausage Soup

3 sweet Italian turkey links, casing removed
10 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (or 1-2 teaspoons purchased basil puree)
1 26-ounce jar of pasta sauce
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups fat-free half-and-half
1 cup small whole wheat pasta (such as macaroni)
6 ounces fresh spinach, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, if desired

1. Boil a small pot of water. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

2. Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized dutch oven over medium heat. Brown sausage, breaking it into bite-sized pieces, or smaller. Drain grease (or use paper towels to squeeze out grease), if desired.

3. Stir in pasta sauce, basil leaves or puree, water, and half-and-half. Cook until warm then reduce heat to low.

4. Add cooked pasta and season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the fresh spinach and simmer until wilted. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Source: Adapted from Picky Palate


  1. Tomatoes and basil, 2 of my favorite ingredients!

  2. I love that this is creamy yet healthy! I'm definitely bookmarking this one.

  3. Looks like a very tasty and addicting soup! I love one pot meals! I also like how you snuck all the spinach in :)

  4. This looks so good. I could go for a bowl right now (I haven't eaten breakfast yet). I really like the addition of spinach.
    About the little flowers on my petit fours, I did make them with royal icing.

  5. This looks so comforting right now! I had a wisdom tooth pulled and could definitely use some yummy and easy food. Looks fantastic!

  6. Thanks for visiting today. Limes are a great idea, they'd be super-cute for a summer treat!

    I love how you added pasta and what a great and quick recipe! I am currently working on a post on soups (and have a big pot on the stove right now!:)). Could I share this recipe with a link to you?

  7. Tomatoes, basil, sausage, and pasta - wow. I can't wait to try this! I can't believe it's so quick too!

  8. I don't eat enough pasta soups, this one looks hearty and yummy!


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