An easy yet hearty and outstanding soup of hot Italian sausage, vegetables, and cilantro. A very popular dish appealing to sight, taste and aroma. Serve with warm rye rolls or bread sticks.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 2 pounds hot Italian sausage links, casings removed, and sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can white hominy
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can Great Northern beans, undrained
- 2 small zucchini, cubed
- 2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a large skillet over medium heat, combine Italian sausage and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until sausage is evenly browned. Drain cooked sausage in a strainer to remove grease.
In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, combine the beef broth, hominy, stewed tomatoes, carrots, beans, and zucchini. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and add sausage and cilantro; simmer for 15 minutes, or until carrots and zucchini are tender. Season with salt and pepper.