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Im 30 yrs old very happy married to a wonderful man (Nathan) i have a 7yr old son (Lochlan) and one on the way! We live in a town called Davistown. Im an aussie that use to live in the states! But have recently returned back to Australia! And im VERY passionate about cooking and my family!

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

~Hearty Italian Soup~

This is a recipe i came up with sunday evening when i realised my son and hubby where on their way home and hey we dont have anything in the fridge they can heat up for dinner! So i ran to the fridge,freezer and pantry and here is the list of things i grabbed!

Fresh Green Beans
Green Peppers (Capsicum)
Ground Fennel
Dryed Basil
Frozen Pesto Cubes
Home Stewed Tomatoes
Homemade Tomato Juice
Homemade Stock (think it was chicken)
Heavy whipping Cream
Italian Sausage Mince or Links
Olive Oil
Sour Cream and Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese for garnish!

~As per usual everything is to taste~

Remove skin from sausage if using sausages, heat pot with oil once hot and thinly diced onions and garlic saute for a few minutes then throw in your sausage, peppers and mushrooms cook until the sausage isnt pinkish anymore! Drain the mixture if you like as sauasage is pretty fatty! Once you have drained it add your fennel and basil and mix well, add a couple cups of stock at this point and mix well let the soup sit and simmer for about 15-20 mins. Now add 1-2 cups of water to your soup at this point you will want to add your green beans :) let the soup cook another 20mins stir it through out this time. Add about hlf and cup to a cup of heavy whipping cream depends how creamy you want the soup to be, keep in mind this is NOT a thick soup at all! The longer it cooks the tastier it gets :)

The bowls of soup you see pictured are garnished with sour cream and freshly grated parmesan cheese!

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