I once read that every good soup tells a story. So true!
These soups definitely tell a story.
They were born out of the quarantine period of the COVID-19 pandemic when I spent countless days being cooped up in a one-bedroom, New York City apartment with no outdoor space and a lot of extra time on my hands. I needed to focus on something positive, challenging, and delicious. I began by transforming a handful of favorite dishes into soup versions, or, in my parlance, I SOUPified them. My desire soon grew into a full cookbook of SOUPified recipes—which has never been done before.
These thirty-one recipes (plus supporting recipes) are the weekend comfort food soups of your dreams—hearty compilations of flavor, color, and texture, many of which are meals in and of themselves. They are intended to bring people together around the cutting board, stove, and of course, the table. Whimsical and fun, they are meant to be shared!
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Soup
I once read that sausage and broccoli rabe are a marriage destined to last, and I couldn’t agree more. There’s a reason that the classics are classic—they make perfect sense and are unwavering in their appeal. This traditional southern Italian pasta dish is a great example of that. Hailing from the seaside town of Bari, this pasta, pork, and bitter greens combination is a tribute to culinary simplicity, with so few ingredients that it can be thrown together into something delicious in a pinch.
Its SOUPified version is no exception. In one pot, Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and bite-sized pasta come together into a warming bowl of comfort food with a little added flavor from some tomato paste and savory miso. Finish it with a generous sprinkle of sharp Pecorino Romano cheese for an additional burst of flavor.
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