Warm and hearty for cold winter day. Use sweet or hot Italian sausage according to your preference.
8-10 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium onions, diced
1 lb Italian sausage (sweet or hot), casings removed
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3 cups tomatoes (canned or thawed if frozen)
2-3 tsp dried oregano
3 cups cooked red and/or white beans
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a little olive oil in a soup pot. Add the garlic and onion and saute over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the sausage, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Once the sausage is well cooked, use a baster to remove excess fat if desired. Add the pepper, carrots, tomatoes, oregano, and beans, plus enough chicken stock to achieve a good consistency. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Once vegetables are cooked, add salt and pepper to taste.