Italian Vegetable and Chorizo Soup

Sunday, September 30, 2012 | | 5 comments

It was just cool enough to bring out one of my favorite soup recipes. We are still hanging out in the high 60's to low 70's which makes for enjoyable weather during the day and then dips down just enough at night so I can break out my flannels! :)


I make a big batch of this and freeze it in individual ziplock containers so Kevin and I can take them in our lunch. It makes for a great lunch on those chilly afternoons ~ and it's quick and easy. Gotta like that!

Italian Vegetable and Chorizo Soup
{double batch recipe}

2 cups baby carrots sliced

2 1/2 cups baby bella mushrooms thinly sliced
1 large white onion roughly diced
8~10 handfuls of chopped kale
6-8 garlic cloves minced
4 medium tomatoes roughly chopped
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
8 cups chicken broth
1 pound {give or take} chorizo sausage
2 tsp thyme
1 tsp pepper
pinch of salt
parmesan cheese

1/2 box of ditalini pasta cooked according to directions on box. I've also used orzo which is very good.*I don't add my pasta directly to the soup as it will absorb the liquid over time turning it into more of a stew consistency. 


Remove sausage from casing and crumble into soup pot. Cook over medium high heat until thoroughly cook. Remove from pot when done and set aside. To absorb some of the fat, I lay it on a couple layers of paper towel.

Using some of the remaining fat in the soup pot, add onions, garlic, carrots, and mushrooms. Saute for approximately 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

Add the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Cook until well combined.

Toss in the thyme, salt and pepper.

Let soup simmer for at least 20 minutes.

I add the kale about 5 minutes before serving since I prefer it  just slightly cooked. If you prefer yours to be softer, add it to the soup sooner.

Ladle a small about of pasta and soup into bowls and grate on a little parmesan cheese.



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Change of Seasons

Monday, September 24, 2012 | | 11 comments

I know, I know, it's officially fall but I'm just not ready to accept this minor seasonal detail.

Remember when you were a child and everything was the best because you were young and carefree? Well, I had one of those summers. It was the best

I've been really bad about posting so I'll have to do a highlight of the season. Our summer was filled with fun times, great friends and family ~ a recipe for the best summer ever! :)

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We spent a fabulous day at the Americas Cup Series. It was a gorgeous day. The weather was absolutely perfect! There was a light breeze, it was sunny and low humidity. It was so nice to have a laid back day with Kevin.

*I learned the hard way of the importance of good {as in not the cute and fun ones} sunglasses after spending the entire day in hazy sun reflecting off the water. I burned my retinas and am still paying for this many weeks later!*

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We celebrated holidays and many special times. 

My sweet son surprised me with a package of Lilly goodies.  It was filled with all the important essentials for days at the beach! Yup, I raised him right :)

I'm going to miss dinners on the patio with fresh farmer's market goodies. Not to mention my favorite summer sipper ~ ruby red grapefruit margaritas. 

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We were so fortunate to spend lots of time with good friends {welcome baby Graham} attended local events, and got away for a great vacation compliments of my husband planning.

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Best of all, was the time I spent with my family! I love them tons. If only they didn't live so far away.  Nicholas wasn't exactly "feeling" like photos after his day of golfing {and they say girls are the emotional ones ~ Ha!}

The weather hasn't made too big of a shift towards fall yet so I'm trying to hold on to the warm sunshine filled days and ignore the reports that we are in for a cold snowy winter. 

Yes, denial is my best friend! :)

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Change Of Plans

Monday, September 3, 2012 | | 10 comments
Our weekend calendar was packed full of fun as of Friday night. 

Saturday morning arrived and wiped it clean.

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~Beach and boating were cancelled~
~Sailing slipped away~
~Golf with friends was minus one~
~Dinner at friends home postponed~
~Labor Day cookout put on the back burner~

I headed off to our local market to join the holiday shoppers. My cart items definitely weren't like the others! 
One of us {husband} is celebrating the long weekend with a nasty case of stomach flu. 
Poor guy!

While I'm a little disappointed that we are missing the last few days of summer fun, I'm taking full advantage of the time to work a few projects. 
I stayed up way too late last night to finish The Kitchen House. 
It was a great read!

Happy Labor Day!

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