Last night, I was in the mood for some soup. Not just any old soup, but a different soup. My French grandpa used to make this rabbit stew, made with all sorts of vegetables and wine. It was SOOOOO yummy! I was really missing those flavors and decided to attempt to make a soup of my own that tasted like his.
I didn’t have any rabbit to use (!!!!!) so I just used some bulk pork sausage. This is a lighter soup and you could make it low-carb by omitting the pasta.
French Sausage Vegetable Soup With Herbs
Author: Parsnips and Parsimony
Recipe type: Soup
- ½lb bulk pork sausage
- 1 small onion
- 3-4 carrots
- 3 stalks of celery
- 4 cups beef broth
- ¼-1/2 cup white cooking wine
- ¼ tsp dried rosemary
- ¼ tsp thyme
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 cup dried tubetti pasta (you can use shells if you want)
- 1 cup fresh, chopped swiss chard
- shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Put sausage, onion, carrots and celery in the bottom of a heavy bottom stock pot. Cook for 10-15 minutes until sausage is fully cooked and onion and celery are starting to get fragrant and slightly soft.
- De-glaze the pan with cooking wine and allow it to cook down for a few minutes to cook off most of the alcohol.
- Add beef broth. (I used 4 cups water and 4tsp Watkins Beef Seasoning Powder)
- Add spices and sugar.
- Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10-20 minutes.
- Add pasta and swiss chard. Allow it to cook until pasta is tender.
- Serve with crispy bread and put Parmesan cheese.
One of the first things I do when planning Thanksgiving is to figure out what my menu is going to be. I usually work on this during the first two weeks of October. Why do I plan this out so early? Different foods go on sale during the next 4-5 weeks before Thanksgiving and by having my menu and my grocery list set in advanced, I can get some of the items on sale, helping out the Thanksgiving budget. Also, having my menu done in advance helps me know what to have guests bring when they ask. I have been doing this system for YEARS and it works. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I love the entertaining part of this holiday. I have been known to invite anyone who doesn’t have a place to go who wants a place. My house is usually packed to the gills but it is one of the best days. Being able to share food with friends and family is one of the best parts of the holiday season.
Print out this FREE Thanksgiving holiday menu planner
Here is a list of what I am planning for my Thanksgiving dinner:
-Sparkling grape juice
After filling in my menu and what I am going to be serving this year, I start writing down my dishes and their ingredients. This keeps everything in one place.
Once I finish writing down all the dishes and their ingredients, I add up how much of each ingredient I need and put it on my grocery shopping list.
When I first started this system, it was written down on scraps of paper and just put in a 3-ring binder. I finally made these printable sheets to make my life easier. You can get your FREE Thanksgiving printable, too! This is in a simple PDF format so just click on any of the links and you should be able to immediately open the file and print this out for yourself. I know this may seem like quite a bit of work just for a simple Thanksgiving dinner, but trust me, all the time put into planning will allow you to have a stress-free holiday.
Thank you for downloading this Thanksgiving menu planner. I hope that it has been a blessing to you and your family!
Woot Woot! It’s week 15 and food has an all new meaning. I’ve made some crazy dishes this past week but they all turned out great. I’ll probably never make them again because I just don’t usually cook like that but welcome to pregnancy hormones…where food turns into the next must have!!!
Enjoy week 15 of my pregnancy update!