Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Roasted Tomato Soup with Ground Beef, Sausage, Garbanzos, Macaroni, and Basil

Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage SoupI've been having fun trying Thanksgiving Recipes, and there may be more to come, including a new version of South Beach Diet Friendly Stuffing I have my eye on, if I can get it done. First though, I thought I better do my post for Weekend Herb Blogging, since I don't know how much cooking or blogging I'll be doing this week. Today I'll be starting three days of SEP (Student Education Plan) conferences. These three days represent the yin and yang of teaching perfectly. On the one hand, it's kind of fun to meet individually with each student and their parents. You can actually connect with the students and impact them in that setting. On the other hand, having 28 conferences over three days is grueling, not to mention feeling like you need to have a handle on the individual needs of 28 different kids. I'll be spending close to 12 hours a day at school for the next three days, so blogging may be on the back burner.

This weeks herby offering is a family-friendly soup featuring basil, recently voted the favorite herb of the year for the Doubly Delicious Anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging. I'm always learning new things about basil, and Wikipedia points out that some types of basil are perennials. The sweet basil I used in this recipe is definitely an annual though, since the basil is long gone in my garden. Luckily I had slow-roasted tomatoes in the freezer, along with frozen basil to make this soup, and those two memories of summer really gave it a great flavor. When I'm making this type of soup, I often add dried herbs to the stock in the beginning of the cooking time, and then finish with some fresh herbs (or frozen ones) at the end. Simmering the soup with the dried herbs gives a wonderful depth of flavor to the broth. I was really happy with how this turned out, and when I took some to my dad and stepmother, they gave it two thumbs up.


Roasted Tomato Soup with Ground Beef, Sausage, Garbanzos, Macaroni, and Basil
(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

Ingredients:
1 large onion, chopped in pieces 1/2 inch or less
1 T minced garlic (can use garlic puree from a jar)
4 tsp. olive oil, divided
3 cups homemade chicken stock (or use 2 cans chicken broth)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup roasted tomatoes, diced into small pieces (or use drained canned tomatoes)
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground fennel
2 links hot turkey Italian sausage
1/2 lb. ground beef (also called beef mince, use beef with less than 15% fat)
1 cup water, to deglaze pan
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1/2 cup macaroni (use whole wheat or Dreamfield's Macaroni for South Beach Diet)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (or use frozen basil)

Instructions:
Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in large frying pan, add onions and saute about 5 minutes, then add garlic and saute 2-3 minutes more.

While onions are cooking, combine stock, tomato sauce, slow-roasted tomatoes (or use canned tomatoes), dried basil, dried oregano, and ground fennel in large soup pot and start to simmer. Add onions and garlic to soup pot.

In same frying pan you cooked onions and garlic, brown ground beef and turkey sausage (squeezed out of the links) until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Use the back of a turner to break up the ground beef and sausage into small pieces. When done, add ground beef and sausage to soup pot. Cover pot and simmer on very low heat for one hour.

After an hour, add beans and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes. Add macaroni and simmer 30 minutes longer. (You may need to add a bit of extra water, depending on how tightly the lid fits on your pot.) When macaroni is done, add chopped fresh or frozen basil and cook 5 minutes. Serve hot. Can top with grated parmesan cheese if desired.

(Note from Kalyn: This soup has a lot of complex flavors going on from the homemade chicken stock, roasted tomatoes, Italian Sausage, fennel, chickpeas, dried herbs, and frozen basil, but if you don't have every single ingredient I used, you could still use the basic idea here and come up with a pretty good soup.)

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South Beach Suggestions:
(Edit June 2011 - I have recently learned that if Dreamfields pasta is cooked for a long time or reheated it increases the glycemic index, so this recipe is probably phase 3 if made with Dreamfields.)  This soup is a good choice for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet if made with Turkey sausage, lean ground beef, and whole wheat pasta.

More Soups with Tomatoes, Garbanzos, Pasta, or Sausage:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
White Bean Soup with Roasted Turkey Italian Sausage, Zucchini, and Basil
Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup
Italian Sausage and Bean Soup with Chard
Chicken Soup with Garbanzos and Oregano
Lentil and Sausage Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Herbs
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini from La Mia Cucina
Minestrone from Taste and Tell
Chorizo and Chickpea Soup from Morsels and Musings
A Bowl of Compassion (Pasta Fagiole) from Tigers and Strawberries
White Bean Soup with Sausage and Chard from Blue Kitchen
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25 comments:

  1. I can just imagine this wonderfully comforting and flavourful soup at my dinner table tonight!!!!

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  2. Licking the screen! Hello dinner!

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  3. delicious, comforting and totally gorgeous Kalyn! Yummy :)

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  4. Uh, Kalyn? I have an issue. I can't decide which to make first . . . this soup, your lentil and sausage soup (YUM!) or your Moroccan carrots or your pureed cauliflower. You've got ALL my favorite flavors and combos up there right now! Ah, the stress ;-). Guess I'll just have to start at the top and work down.

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  5. This is a soup and a half -- just perfect for these cooler fall days.

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  6. Now that is a truly comforting soup! I hope you have a big kettle made to get you through the next 3 days....Yikes!

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  7. Kalyn, this looks really good. I think I'll try and adapt it to the slow cooker. I love coming home from school to a house smelling of soup!

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  8. Oh WOW that looks good. We had a friend staying over last night and he made us harira which is a soupy Middle-Eastern stew eaten when the Ramadan fast is broken - there are a lot of similarities with your dish! I love this sort of one-pot dinner :)

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  9. Kalyn you can even manage to make soup look fabulous. Yes, I'd have to say basil and tomatoes are two wonderful memories of summer in any dish.
    Those conferences are daunting. I hope more than one is rewarding for you, student and parent. Blessings on you.

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  10. Your soup looks really good and sounds hearty!

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  11. Day three of parent-teacher conferences and I'm going to be very glad when they are over. Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts about the soup.

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  12. Your SEP conferences sound exhausting. You really do them all in three days? Our IEP meetings are spread out throughout the year.

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  13. This not only looks great it is GREAT. One look at it and I knew what I was cooking for dinner. I even found fire roasted tomatoes in the can. I can't wait to try the Lentil and Sausage Soup.

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  14. This looks not only delicious but soothing and tummy warming as well. Yum!

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  15. Wow! 28 conferences? That's some feat, and I hope you had a bowl of this delicious looking soup. It looks like the perfect thing to lift your spirits. I hope you have some fun planned for yourself this weekend!

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  16. Kayln - this looks impressive - the perfect antidote to the cold weather which seems to be coming.

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  17. This has got cool night/dinner in written all over it! Yum!

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  18. Now that is one hearty soup! Sounds delish!

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  19. It's impossible to go wrong with a dish whose title includes the words sausage and garbanzos. This looks delicious. Thanks, Kalyn.

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  20. I am really a failure lately at replying to comments; my life is just overbooked all the time. But I do appreciate hearing from people and I'm happy to get so many nice comments about this soup recipe because I loved it! And when my dad comments on a recipe you know it's a good one!

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  21. This would be fine for phase one without the macaroni. Turkey Italian Sausage is best for South Beach too.

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  22. OMG, it's healthy hamburger helper. Please don't be insulted by that. Please!!!! Our family ate a lot of hamburger helper up until a couple of years ago but we cut out all boxed and frozen meals at that time. I hardly shop at all in the middle aisles these days. However, yes, I miss hamburger helper and this is very reminiscent of some of the flavors I missed. I'm ecstatic to find this very healthy recipe that fills a void. :-)

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  23. I should note that I had everything on hand other than the italian sausage so I omitted that ingredient which may better explain my connection to hamburger helper. :-)

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  24. The soup in cooking on the stove right now. I used homegrown tomatoes and it smells heavenly. Planning on serving it with a salad. Thanks for the recipe.

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