Thursday, July 17, 2014

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe, al fresco and Columbia Crest Winery Trip #giveaway

Although I live in FL and it's nearly 100 degrees out, it has also been raining nearly everyday this week - and rain makes me crave comfort food.
 I took on the challenge to Wine & Dine Better with Columbia Crest & al fresco sausage. Italian Wedding Soup was the first thing that came to mind. I love using al fresco's sweet chicken sausage in place of traditional pork sausage. Plus it is pre-cooked, so this meal is under 30 minutes to complete.
Ingredients
1 package al fresco sweet Italian sausage, sliced
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 diced vidalia onion
3 diced carrots
2 stalks diced celery
2 boxes chicken stock
1/4 cup Columbia Crest Unoaked Chardonnay
1 cup uncooked Orzo Pasta
A few handfulls of baby spinach

Directions
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add diced onion, carrots, and celery and cook for 6 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add the chicken stock and wine and bringing to a boil. Add Orzo and cook for 10 minutes. Add the sliced chicken sausage and simmer for 5 minutes. Season to your preference. Add the fresh spinach during the last minute of cooking, careful not to over cook it. Serve with a glass of cold Columbia Crest Unoaked Chardonnay.


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13 comments:

  1. I would make a stroganoff with it. Yum!

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  2. Hmmmm. I think this would go well on a homemade personal-size pizza...

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  3. Some pasta with onions and green peppers

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  4. I would make some home fries and add these sausages chopped up.

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  5. I would use fresh summer veggies from the garden.

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  6. I would cook the sausage up with some pasta, mmmm!

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  7. I *love* sausages with fruit!
    I'd try the Caramelized Onion & Sweet Apple Pizza with Brie recipe from their website.

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  8. My fiance is Paleo, so we would probably use it for these amazing stuffed peppers we just discovered!

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  9. I love the sausage with pasta, sautéed Swiss chard and toasted pine nuts!

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  10. I will use the sausage to make fried rice.

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  11. That soup looks out of this world!

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