It is most definitely soup season here in Michigan. Cold, rainy, windy weather makes me want to stay inside and make soup. I have a feeling we are going to be eating a lot of soup this winter; over the summer I bought two large soup cookbooks. I haven't made any of those recipes yet, but I saw one at Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice and I moved it to the top of my list! Here is my adaptation.
Gnocchi, Sausage, and Spinach Soup
½ large onion, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb. ground Italian sausage
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
⅓ cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 lb. gnocchi
In a large soup pot saute onion in olive oil over medium-low heat until tender. In a separate, large skillet brown the sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. Add garlic to onion mixture and saute until fragrant.
Drain sausage and add to onion mixture along with the Italian seasoning, chicken broth, and spinach. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Add gnocchi, bring to a simmer and cook until gnocchi puff up and start to float (check package for cooking time). Serve warm.
Makes 6 servings.
This is a really easy soup to throw together. The original recipe contained red bell pepper and was made creamy by adding heavy cream. I thought about adding the cream, but after I put in the gnocchi, it looked so good the way it was that I skipped it. I also used frozen spinach instead of fresh, just because it's more convenient.
I used mild sausage in this soup, because that's what we prefer, but if you like things spicy, use your favorite hot sausage. I also used Penzey's Tuscan Sunset for the Italian seasoning. The original recipe called for dried basil, but I couldn't find any in my spice cabinet, so that's what I used instead.
This soup is so good. My one-year-old couldn't eat it fast enough, and my three-year-old ate all the gnocchi out of it and asked for more. That was her favorite part because there is a cat named Gnocchi on Curious George. :)
My husband raved about this soup too, so I'm sure I'll be making it again during the long winter.