Italian Sausage Soup
This soup has become a Christmas Tradition for my family. My two Brothers and I would always have our friends over on Christmas night after all of the Family festivities. My Mother would always make us all a big pot of this soup and it would be gone in 10 minutes! Our friends looked forward to this every year!
For 10 Person(s)
For the Soup:
- 4 pounds lbs Italian sausage, removed from casings and browned
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 bunch of celery, chopped
- 8 cloves of garlic, minced
- 48 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 28 ounces Italian peeled tomatoes
- 64 ounces chicken broth
- extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons oegano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- salt, to taste
- 1 pound small soup shells
- Parmigiano or Romano Cheese for garnish
- Brown your Italian Sausage, drain and set aside.
- Saute diced celery, onion in garlic in olive oil until just tender.
- Add Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes and peeled tomatoes. Stir and let cook on medium for about 10 minutes.
- Add broth, sugar and seasonings. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
- In the meantime, boil shell pasta in salted water until al dente.
- Put desired amount of pasta in bowl and spoon soup over. Garnish with your favorite Italian Cheese.
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You can cook the sausage whole and slice thin or you can cook it loose, its your preference. My Mom cooks her pasta in the soup, but I think it takes up too much of the good juice so I always keep separate. Serve with a nice crusty piece of bread to soak up the juice!