Welcome to September! Are you aware of the fact that I look forward to this orange and brown season more than any of the others? I'm guessing you are. You've probably heard it way too many years in a row to have forgotten. I've probably been a bit over the top in my expressions of exuberance in the midst of such beauty and comfort but there is just a relief and a joy that comes once that horrid humidity lifts from our shoulders and the cooler, dryer air takes over. It just goes to my head!
One of the ways I welcome the September coolness is by cooking up my first big pot of tasty, mouthwatering soup. Last night was the night!
This soup did not disappoint, especially when served with a warm baguette and icy cold milk. A simple green salad rounded out the flavors wonderfully.
Perhaps you might like to gift your family with such deliciousness!
Brown 1 lb. ground Italian pork sausage in a large stockpot over medium heat; drain.
Add: 1 cup onion, chopped and 2 cloves garlic, minced; saute until tender.
Stir in 4 cups beef broth, 1/2 cup dry red wine, (or beef broth) 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes, 28-0z can petite diced tomatoes, 15-oz can tomato sauce, 2-3 cups diced carrots, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano and 1 Tbsp. dried parsley.
Bring to a boil; stir well. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Stir in 2 cups chopped zucchini and 2 cups of corn, and a 9-oz. pkg. refrigerated cheese tortellini, uncooked; cover and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
Makes 10-12 servings.
And as I go on and on about September I must confess with Ms Peggy Horton:
You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul...
but I must confess that I love you only
because you are a prelude to my beloved October."
Ahh...truth be told. What are some of the ways you welcome autumn?