Tomato, Rice and Italian Sausage Soup

“I hope you enjoy this soup, which I've been making for what seems like forever!! 10/09 NOTE: This recipe is my original one, made when the kids were little and didn't like too much spice. Now I sometimes doctor it up adding garlic, red pepper flakes, or whatever. This soup is very forgiving, so do your own thing! I originally did not add the sugar quantity in the recipe, so have now corrected this.”
READY IN:
1hr 5mins
SERVES:
6-8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Saute bacon and onion together until lightly browned. Drain off fat.
  2. In soup pot, add peeled and diced fresh tomatoes or break up canned tomatoes. Add sugar, then bacon/onion mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in separate pan cook sausage covered in water for 15 minutes. Drain, then cut into slices.
  4. Place sausage in soup pot with bacon/tomato mixture. Add beef stock or broth and oregano, then bring to a rolling boil.
  5. Stir in rice. Cook over medium heat uncovered until approximately 10 minutes until rice is tender, adding additional broth if needed.
  6. Remove from heat then stir in parmesan cheese and butter. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Put in serving bowls and sprinkle on minced fresh parsley. Additional parmesan cheese may also be sprinkled on.

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