Sometimes when I am walking around in the grocery store I spot something that looks so tasty but I know it’s not completely healthy since it’s either boxed or canned. Sometimes I buy that something on a whim, though, hoping that it does taste great and that I can re-create it. This time, I bought a Progresso soup (Tomato Florentine & Italian Sausage – this is what it looks like). The soup had a great, spicy, taste to it but as you can see there are so many strange ingredients in there. After some calculating and guesswork on my part, I came up with a decent enough recipe to replace this and everyone was happy with the final taste. The recipe is easy enough to put together and makes enough for more than one person!
Sausage & Tomato Stew
- 2 Hot Italian Sausage Links (Casings removed)
- 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion (Diced)
- 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes – Drained (I used plain but with salt added for more taste)
- 1 1/2 C Ditalini Pasta (An equal amount of another pasta should work fine here if Ditalini is not available)
- 1 C Baby Spinach (Stems removed)
- 1 Medium Carrot (Diced into bite size)
- 3 TBSP Tomato Paste
- 3 TBSP Olive Oil
- 1 TSP Garlic Powder
- 1/2 TSP Paprika
- 3 1/2 C Water
- Salt & Pepper for taste
Place oil, diced onion, and diced carrots into a pot over medium heat on the stove. Cook for 5-6 minutes. While the first ingredients are cooking, start to cook the sausage by adding onto a skillet with a small amount of oil and cook until no longer pink (be sure to break up the sausage into small bits – they will need to fit on a spoon!). Add the water and tomato paste to the pot. Stir until tomato paste is blended fully into the mix. After mixed, add in the diced tomatoes and stir. Cover and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Next, remove cover and add the pasta, sausage, garlic powder, and paprika. Stir well and cook for 6 minutes. Add in the spinach by ripping the larger leaves into smaller pieces if needed and cook for another 3 minutes.
– Get everything prepared ahead of time such as dicing the and shredding of ingredients
– Taste the stew from you bowl first and add the salt & pepper as desired – depending on certain brands of the ingredients your stew may already be salty enough!
– If you prefer a spicier stew, add more paprika and some drops of hot sauce