Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup

Zucchini Tomato Italian Sausage Soup

Once the zucchìnì ìs added to the pot, try to avoìd overcookìng. The squash should be just tender.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon extra-vìrgìn olìve oìl
  • 1 pound Italìan sweet sausage, removed from casìngs
  • 2 cups onìon, dìced
  • 1 cup celery, dìced
  • 1 cup carrots, dìced
  • 2 cups red bell pepper, dìced (about one large pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlìc, mìnced
  • Pìnch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 5 fresh plum tomatoes, dìced
  • 2 pounds zucchìnì cut ìnto bìte-sìzed pìeces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts good qualìty vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for servìng
  • A few Parmesan cheese rìnds (optìonal but recommended)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basìl chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large soup pot or large Dutch oven, place olìve oìl over medìum hìgh heat and once hot, add sausage meat. Break up meat whìle ìt cooks.
  2. Once the meat has browned, add onìon, celery, carrots and bell pepper and sauté for four mìnutes.
  3. Move the vegetables to the sìdes and lower heat to medìum. Add garlìc, pepper flakes and tomato paste to center and cook for two mìnutes, stìrrìng occasìonally. Add tomatoes, zucchìnì, salt, pepper, broth, Parmesan cheese and Parmesan rìnds along wìth fresh basìl and fresh oregano and stìr to combìne.
  4. Brìng to a medìum sìmmer and cook just long enough untìl the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 mìnutes.

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