Spicy Pasta & Sausage With Broccoli

This quick and easy recipe is well- balanced with protein, fresh tomatoes, and broccoli. For ease I used a store-bought marinara sauce, any flavor you like. Then I added Italian chicken sausage, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, fresh crushed garlic, basil and broccoli. Italian sausage with broccoli in a spicy tomato sauce is perfect on spaghetti pasta but you can use your favorite shape.

This is a flexible recipe and you can use very ripe tomatoes or other vegetables that you need to use up, such as bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, kale, or arugula. If sauce thickens too much, add 1/2 cup of red wine or chicken stock.

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Zuppa Toscana Soup

We’re making my “world famous” (yeah right) Zuppa Toscana soup (like you get at Olive Garden) for my friends lunch tomorrow.  Zuppa Toscana, “zuppa” means soup in Italian. “Toscana” refers to the Tuscany region of Italy. Therefore, “Zuppa Toscana” translates to “Tuscan soup” or “Tuscan-style soup.” Traditionally, this soup is made with lots of Italian sausage, veggies, beans, potatoes, olive oil, spices, and Italian bacon. My recipe is similar except in my version I use low-fat turkey sausage.  The only things I cannot add tonight are the kale and the heavy whipping cream. They have to be added tomorrow one hour before lunch.  This soup is naturally gluten free and grain free.  If you need a dairy-free soup, I suggest you substitute the solid white cream portion of a 1 can of full fat unsweetened coconut milk.  Add it at the very end just to heat through.

Yum- OOooooooooooooo!!!!

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