Spinach and Pastina Soup

 

Spinach and Pastina Soup

In my freezer I have 24 packs of butter.  Yes, you heard me.  I am in possession of 24 POUNDS of butter.  I like to stock pile baking ingredients, what can I say?  You never know when the baking mood will strike and I do NOT want to be caught without the necessary ingredients!

To be fair, (to me), I come by my stock piling naturally.  My mom is the same way.  The biggest difference is she predominantly buys from the “scratch and dent” section of the grocery store.   While I think that’s fine for appliances, I don’t always want “scratch and dent” food.

When I visit my mom each week, she shares her latest finds with me.  For a while, she’d give me bread she bought for 50 cents a loaf.  When we moved into our new home, I had 3 big, blue Ikea bags full of bread!  Explain that to the movers!  Her latest kick is pasta.  Specifically, pastina.  She’s been finding boxes on the cheap!  Lots and lots of boxes.  But one day she had several bags of spinach for me as well.  Unfortunately my family is not big on eating spinach.  I try to serve it in many ways in the hopes that they will develop a love for the leafy green super food.   We eat it in salad, and throw it in pasta and burritos.    I forget that my kids aren’t the Popeye generation.   They can’t be easily persuaded to eat more spinach simply because I say it will make them stronger.

This soup was my last-ditch effort to get spinach in the bellies of my family.  Pastina is such a fun pasta!  It’s shaped like stars, it’s little, it’s cute.   My kids love pasta and certainly find soup more enjoyable if there is plenty of pasta in it.  The Italian sausage adds lots of flavor and spice.  It makes it more savory, although this would be a great vegetarian soup as well.   My family surprised me.  They ate this soup up, spinach and all!

I can’t help but chuckle at my mom’s frugal shopping and her endless stash of food.  But I am also so touched that my mom still thinks of me while she shops.  There’s something comforting knowing that your mom is still looking out for you.  Know what else is comforting?  Yep, you guessed it, this soup!  Spinach and pastina soup is a perfect soup for chilly weather!

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Sausage and Pastina Soup
 
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Italian inspired savor soup with pastina pasta, Italian sausage and spinach
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 6 oz pastina pasta (or other small pasta)
  • Shaved parmesan
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, brown sausage until no longer pink. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add olive oil and cook chopped onion until translucent and soft. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Stir in spinach and pasta. Add salt if desired. Boil for 3 minutes. Stir in sausage. Let simmer on low for about 20 minutes. Top with shaved parmesan if desired.

 

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13 Responses

  1. I LOVE spinach, especially in pastries
    And I also have tons of butter in the freezer hehehe but that’s because we once had a shortage and since then I keep safe (I can’t do without butter)

    It’s a great soup for my other-half, although without the Parmesan (we don’t eat dairy with meat/chicken together)
    I so wish the winter arrives here finally as this is a great soup for winter time

  2. This sounds like a delicious soup, one that I would surely love. As a boy, Mom was much more likely to use some sort of pastina in our soup than to make chicken noodle. She made some pastina by hand and others were store bought. Either way, we devoured her soup and I’ve a feeling I’d do the same with yours. :)

    • Pastina by hand??? Wow!!! We ate a lot of orzo growing up, which is my go to for comfort food!

  3. Whoa! 24 lbs of butter?! That’s setting up for some serious baking! I love this soup! Pinned to try. Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

    • Serious baking indeed! I’ve just begun my holiday baking!

  4. Thanks for sharing with Thursdays Treasures. Love that you used pastina. A great way to make this kid friendly.

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