Monday, January 14, 2013

Sausage, White Bean & Orzo Soup w/Spinach

  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups spinach coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
  1. Saute the garlic in olive oil for a couple minutes before adding the sausage and red chili pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until cooked all the way a large sauce pan over medium heat and set aside, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, sausage, beans, orzo, oregano, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the orzo is fully cooked. 
  3. Add the spinach (roughly chopped) and simmer for 1-2 minutes until it wilts. 
  4. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Remove the bay leaf and serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. 

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