I first tasted the soup in a restaurant and loved how the tomato, spinach and sausage flavors backed by the fullness of the rice, combined for a hearty stew. The recipe I'm posting here is one that I created myself, not found in a book, so the measurements are approximate. Feel free to customize it as you'd like with your own special touches. Enjoy.
- 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage (casings removed)
- 1 med. onion (chopped)
- 1 stalk celery (chopped)
- Olive oil (about 2T- to saute onion and celery)
- 2-3 cloves garlic (diced)
- 1/2 cup rice (I use brown rice)
- 1 can tomatoes (I use a pint of tomatoes that I preserved myself. 1 pint = 16 oz so I think you'll be able to get a can of about 14 - 16 oz. This can be seasoned or regular)
- 1/3 can of tomato paste
- 2 T basil (I use frozen basil ice cubes that I made from my garden)
- beef broth (I used 32 oz. carton, sometimes I combine it with seasoned chicken broth too)
- bag of fresh baby spinach
- shredded mozzarella cheese to add on top
In a separate pot, cook the rice (you can use chicken broth, beef broth or water).
Add cooked rice to larger soup pot, along with the basil and spinach. The spinach will wilt in just a few minutes. Add more liquid as needed to get the thickness you'd like. Spoon into bowls, add cheese and let it melt on top.