Although I love being in the kitchen, and love eating even more…sometimes it’s just nice to let someone else do the work, and that’s why I love my Crock Pot. Especially if you have a long day, or even a long work week ahead of you, being able to gather up a handful of ingredients and toss them altogether into a pot and let them do their thing can be such a blessing. And isn’t it the best coming home after a long day and having your home filled with the wonderful aroma of what’s been simmering all day?
This recipe is practically all prep work, which I personally don’t mind. If your not a big fan of chopping veggies, you can always opt for already peeled and chopped versions so you can just skip the cutting board and go right on to throwing everything together. The hardest or should I say the most labor intensive, part of this recipe is prepping and cooking the sausage. I prefer to remove the casing and mince up the sausage as it cooks in a skillet. You can also leave the casing on and simply chop it up into small chunks too.
Allow the garlic, onion, and sausage to cook together. Once you strain that and set it aside, gather and chop your veggies (which I find takes a matter of minutes, no need to emphasize perfection or precision with this step) and then start putting everything into your slow cooker.
Veggies, sausage, some herbs, tomatoes, tomato sauce, lots of broth and a little red wine…a few more dashes of herbs and done! Put on the lid, switch to the high heat setting and get on with your day!
This soup is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. Very hearty as well. Lots of meat, lots of veggies, lots of flavor. It also stores well and makes great leftovers. One thing about cooking that differs from baking is that cooking is much more forgiving. With baking, you have to be precise with your measurements and techniques…cooking (in my opinion) give you a little more wiggle room to experiment as you go, without the risk of ruining the recipe. So with that being said, feel free to mix this soup up as you like! Maybe add in some spinach, broccoli, or Brussels spouts (that could be interesting). Throw in some mushrooms, leave out the carrots…maybe some more wine? You can alter this recipe in many ways to fit your tastes so get creative, and let your Crock Pot do the work!
And did I mention how great your kitchen will smell???!!!!