Italian Sausage Vegetable Soup

1 lb DLM Italian sausage
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 small zucchinis, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup dry white wine
5 cups chicken broth
(1) 28-oz can DLM San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes D.O.P., crushed with juice
1 tsp DLM Dried Basil, crumbled
1/2 tsp DLM Dried Oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Use bulk sausage or remove the casings from link sausage and discard. Brown the sausage in a heavy Dutch oven or large saucepan, mashing it with the back of a spoon until the meat is no longer pink and has rendered most of its fat.

Spoon out most of the fat and discard. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft but not browned. Add carrots, zucchini, pepper, wine, chicken broth, tomatoes, basil, and oregano and bring to a boil. When the soup in boiling, add the orzo and cook for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in heavy soup bowls. If desired, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each serving.

To prepare in advance: Like most hearty soups, this tastes best if it is cooled, refrigerated overnight, then reheated to serve. It may also be frozen.

Makes 6 — 8 servings

Allergy Warning: Contains MilkContains Wheat

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