I came across a new favorite soup, which was being sampled in a local grocery store. It is so good, I decided to recreate it at home. It’s called Zuppa di Calabria. (Which has to translate to best soup ever somewhere in the Italian dictionary.) My children will eat it up, asking for seconds until the pot is empty… that’s how you know it’s good!
Zuppa di Calabria can be made in about 45 minutes, which is perfect for cold winter nights.
1 package Italian Sausage (12-16 oz.) – removed from casing
1/2 cup red wine
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (Stay away from flavors, those that are chunky or containing meat.)
2-3 cups of chicken stock or broth
1/2 cup cream
1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp dry basil, if it’s not in the spaghetti sauce
Start by browning the sausage well, breaking up large chunks with a spoon. Once the meat is brown, add 1/2 cup of wine to the pan, to deglaze. This would be a good time to pour yourself a glass, too.
Continue simmering, reducing the wine to 3 tablespoons. Add the jar of spaghetti sauce and basil, then simmer for 5 minutes before adding the beans.
Slowly add the chicken stock, stir, then add the cream. (I think this is when the magic happens!)
Let the soup simmer, allowing the flavors to combine, for about 20 minutes. I have served this with slices of french bread, though my children like to eat it with crackers. I am sure there is no right way, as it’s absolutely Perfecto! either way!
This recipe will serve 6-8.