Friday, September 07, 2007

Favorite Ingredient Friday

Well, Overwhelmed with Joy is hosting her Favorite Ingredient Friday Italian Edition...I love Italian food....soooooo here goes.......The Italian Soup is great comfort food so make a copy and make it this fall or winter and make some bread to go with is so very good. And the Orzo Pasta is great for a quick lunch.....Miller and Madison love it. Scott and I are going on a date tonight to a fancy resteraunt....I'm excited. I'm going to make breakfast Happy Friday.

One more thing to my sidebar I have added my friend Hillary's web page so you can pray for her and see her beautiful face.......please pray for her......and her son....

Italian Sausage Soup


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 4 large tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 8 ounces fresh tortellini pasta
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a 5 quart Dutch oven, brown sausage. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  2. Saute onions and garlic in drippings. Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  3. Skim fat from the soup. Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.

Wine Tip

Try with a Pinot Grigio .

Orzo Pasta with Parmesan & Basil


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow bowl. Garnish with basil sprigs.


Betsy said...

Great recipes! Thanks for visiting!

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! Check mine out too!

keri said...

these sound yummy!!

Shelby said...

fabulous food!

p.s. I've posted on a sorta Kentuckyish theme today...

Lorie said...

These both sound good! Hey, I just noticed that you live in Ky! Come visit my blog if you get a chance.

Kathleen Marie said...

Both of these sound wonderful. I love soup in the winter. It just warms the body up and around here it can get pretty cold.

Thanks bunches!

{Karla} said...

oh my! these sound YUMMY!!!


gail@more than a song said...

Those sound so good Jen! And I LOVE orzo, it's so good with parmesan.

Jessica said...

Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Our Family of Five said...

ooooh.... I love recipes! Thanks for sharing these! :)

Anonymous said...

Both sound wonderful! My husband would especially love the soup. Thanks!

*~*Cece*~* said...

YUMM! I'm totally making the soup for dinner on Sunday night! Thanks.

Betty said...


The recipes sound delicious....thanks for sharing them.

Thank you for visiting with me today and commenting on my wooden necklace....Betty

Pattie said...

Being Italian, married to an Italian, and the fact that I love soup, this is a no brainer! I'll be sure to try it and let you know what I think

I will check out your friend's blog....

Penny Carlson said...

Ok - I just have to day...YUM! Those recipes look wonderful. I am a new visitor and have enjoy my time. Come visit me at

Magi said...

These both sound great. Thanks!

Overwhelmed! said...

Woo hoo! Two great recipes!

Thanks, Jen, for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday- Italian Edition recipe exchange. I do appreciate it.

I'll check out Hillary's web page too!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Sounds SO good! I am an Italian food lover, these recipes are perfect for me. I am always looking for new and yummy soup recipes as well!


Michelle said...

Both of these recipes sound great! I didn't get a chance to contribute a recipe this week - too much going on!

Thank you for your prayers as my husband deployed!

Renee's Ramblings said...

This sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Sandra said...

Great recipes Jen, thanks for sharing :)

Kelli said...

YUM! Both of these recipes sound delicious! I love orzo!