Does anyone else like last night's leftovers for breakfast? Some things are just better the next day, don't ya think? Especially soup. And spaghetti. Meats, like roast... not so much. Chinese food, way better the next day. Pizza, we always order extra so we'll have leftovers for breakfast. I'm not a first thing in the morning breakfast eater though. Soup probably wouldn't be so appetizing at 7am, but by 10 it's pretty darn yummy.
In case I've tempted you with all this talk of yummy soup, here's the recipe (using that word loosely). When I make soup, it's usually just throw in what I have. In this case I had:
A pound of smoked sausage sliced into bite size pieces
One small to medium onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped into small pieces,
A couple cloves of garlic, finely minced
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can great northern beans
Salt, pepper, oregano (dried), parsley (dried) to taste
Small seashell pasta ( ~ half of a one pound box)
Sautee the onion and carrots in a little oil
Add sausage just to brown slightly
Add garlic, give it a couple stirs to blend everything
Add two to three (maybe more, I didn't measure) cups of water and bouillon cubes
Throw in a large can of crushed tomatoes and a can of great northern beans (or the bean of your choice)
Add some more water if you need to, I just adjust the amount depending on the size of my pot.
Season to your liking with a little salt, pepper, oregano. I also added a few splashes of Tabasco sauce.
While this simmers, cook some small seashell pasta in another pot. Again the amount depends on how much soup you want to make and how much pasta you like in your soup.
After the soup has simmered long enough to soften the carrots, add the cooked, drained pasta let it simmer for another 5 minutes or so, just take care not to let the pasta get mushy, unless you happen to like mushy pasta. I do not.
Some Parmesan cheese on top would be good if you have it.
Enjoy! Be sure to save some for breakfast.