Turkey Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

About this time of year, Texans are sick of the cold. We begin to reminisce of days where we'd wear shorts, go to the pool and not freeze just walking to the mailbox. Of course, our northerner friends sit back and laugh at our petty resilience to the weather. 

People long for bowls of soup and hot beverages, not only to warm us on the inside but to give relief to our cold, dry hands. 

February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day. February is also National Canned Food Month. So today we marry the two in this simple, 15 minute, hearty but healthy soup recipe.

Turkey Sausage Gnocchi Soup
8 oz mild Italian turkey sausage (look for Honeysuckle in the meat department)
2 cups water
1-16 oz package vacuum packed gnocchi (look for Gia Russa in the foodservice department or on the pasta aisle)
1-14 oz can fat-free, low sodium beef broth
1-14.5 oz can Italian style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup (2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Spinach (optional)

1. Cook sausage in large sauce pan or Dutch oven over medium high heat until browned.
2. Add 2 cups of water, the gnocchi, beef broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 4-5 minutes or until the gnocchi floats.
3. Ladle into bowls and top with cheese and spinach if you need to see green in your plate.

That's it! So fast, very little clean up and it tastes great too.

Makes 7 servings - a little over a cup each
Total Calories: 210
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 2.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 25mg
Sodium: 790mg
Total Carbohydrate: 25g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 13g

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