B f L Day 8: Let's just do a recipe.

Winter has almost sucked the life out of my desire to cook anything. Even soups haven't sparked my interest - I just want to sit on the couch under three blankets and pout. 

But I made this one a few times. It's easy and I always have the stuff for it, so it's on the short list on those pouting nights.

Pizza Soup 
adapted from theclothesmakethegirl.com

[These quantities make about 6 servings, depending on how hungry you are.]

1 lb ground sausage or links (or season some ground beef or pork with Italian seasonings)
1 package (12 oz) frozen veggies - California blend or broccoli works well
3-4 cups broth - some mix of chicken or beef is fine
1 can (14.5 oz) chopped tomatoes -- fire-roasted, Rotel, or just diced, depending on the heat you like
3-4 teaspoons Penzey's pizza seasoning*
Olive oil

Brown the sausage in the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and the pizza seasoning and stir. Add the broth and the veggies (they can be frozen or thawed). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover to simmer for 10 minutes or so. 

You can make this much more complicated if you desire -- saute some onions and peppers if you like it on your pizza, even add some mushrooms. But this is the easy way - no chopping, no thawing, just brown the meat and go. Top it with Parmesan and a side of crusty bread, and enjoy your pizza!

*Penzeys seasoning is amazing. I've not tried any other kind called pizza seasoning, but it's possible it exists.


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