Sausage and Spinach Soup…

Ingredients

  • 10  ounce  sweet turkey Italian sausage
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  cup  prechopped onion
  • 2  teaspoons  bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 1  (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can organic stewed tomatoes, undrained (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1  (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2  cups  baby spinach
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh basil
  • 2  teaspoons  chopped fresh oregano
  • 2  tablespoons  grated fresh Romano cheese

Preparation

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and 2 teaspoons garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle 1 1/2 cups soup into each of 4 bowls, and sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese.

Wine note: This delicious soup needs a wine that’s crisp and medium-bodied, such as a California pinot gris (aka pinot grigio). The wine’s crispness balances the richness of the sausage and the density of the beans. At the same time, the wine’s body is substantial enough to stand up to the weight of those ingredients. Try Morgan Pinot Gris “R & D Franscioni Vineyard” 2006 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California), $18. -Karen MacNeil

Nutritional Information

Calories:
261 (30% from fat)
Fat:
8.6g (sat 2.8g,mono 2.7g,poly 2.5g)
Protein:
20.9g
Carbohydrate:
23.1g
Fiber:
5.4g
Cholesterol:
62mg
Iron:
3.4mg
Sodium:
842mg
Calcium:
105mg

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