I love basil and I adore herbs; I never feel quite as good as when I’m eating them. And I love the way they make me feel when I eat them, so much so, in fact, that I can’t think of anything more important to get the best out of life than to eat a healthy amount of them every day.

One of the more interesting aspects of going gluten free is the variety of foods you can enjoy on a daily basis. Today I’m going to share a simple, yet tasty recipe for something called a Tuscan Soup.

Because there’s no shortage of soup recipes out there, I’ve decided to write up one of my own – a soup that is hearty enough to stand up to the warm weather, but light enough to enjoy on a chilly day. Here I have used an Italian classic – Pat’s Tuscan Soup with Basil – to showcase one way to adapt this recipe to accommodate different tastes.

Pat’s Tuscan Basil Soup is all healthy, all hearty and all full of Mediterranean flavor. word-image-5853

About Pat’s Tuscan Soup

Not long ago, my sister called and asked if I would make her some soup. But not just any soup. She wanted something with a rich flavor, something savory and totally healthy. She saw a great soup recipe on the Pioneer Woman….. website and said: Can you imagine such a soup?  But I need some protein in it! Something outrageously delicious. And make sure it’s healthy! I said I’d try. Then this is for you, Pat. word-image-2123

About Pat’s Tuscan Basil Soup

The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets in the world.  When you think of Mediterranean flavors, you probably think of olive oil, lemons and garlic. This is followed by vegetables such as tomatoes and a mirepoix of shallots, celery and carrots.  Also herbs like basil and oregano. Pat’s Tuscan Basil Soup has all these ingredients …. And more. And yes, my dear sister, it is so delicious and healthy. So let’s do it that way.

Ingredients for Tuscan Basil Pata Soup

  • Oil
  • Olive oil
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Shalott
  • Garlic
  • Andouille Sausage with Smoked Chicken
  • Manischewitz low-sodium chicken broth
  • Tomato sauce
  • lemon
  • Mediterranean sea salt
  • Ms Lemon Pepper
  • Farfalle Pasta
  • Basil leaves

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How to make Tuscan pate soup with basil

First, put the butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Then add the celery, shallots and carrots. This combination is not only exceptionally healthy, but also makes a rich flavoring for any soup. Then, of course, comes the garlic.  Without garlic it would be impossible to prepare delicious Mediterranean dishes. The health benefits of garlic are too numerous to list here. But if you want to know more, read my book Natural Healing Foods and find out how food and herbs can help with many ailments. Then I figured that for a stronger flavor, sausage would be perfect. Pork sausage is delicious, but contains too many calories and fat, so I replaced it with chicken sausage. And I have to say that the best chicken sausage I’ve ever tasted is Trader Joe’s chicken andouille sausage. It’s low in calories and fat, and the smoky, spicy flavor of Kicked Up is perfect for this soup. Another big advantage is that it is already cooked. Chop the sausage, add it to the vegetables and braise it for a few minutes so that all those delicious flavours can mingle. Then add the chicken stock, tomato sauce, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper and bring the soup to a boil. But be careful what brand of chicken stock you use.  Most cooked chicken broths are just tasteless to me. And unless you make your own broth, which takes hours, I recommend Swanson. This is the only brand I’ve found that really tastes like homemade baked goods. Finally, add the pasta and simmer this delicious soup for 6-7 minutes until al dente. When the dish is ready, simply pour it into serving bowls. Add the basil and save some for garnish. Um….Umm…. Hmmm! Pat, I really hope you like it. Healthy… as requested… fabulously delicious… And yes… Total Comfort Food… Besides, I really miss spending time together and cooking. I’m looking forward to cooking together again. word-image-5855 If you liked this recipe, please leave a comment at: ….. And don’t forget to pin us on Pinterest! word-image-5856 Print Recipe

Tuscan Basil Leaf Soup

Pat’s Tuscan Basil Soup is all healthy, all hearty, and all full of Mediterranean flavors – from carrots, celery, and onions to smoked sausage and lemon basil. Cooking time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Total time25 minutes Course: Soup Kitchen: Mediterranean Sea Keywords: Tuscan patois soup with basil Servings : 4 portions Calories: 186 kcal Author: Pam – Two cups of health

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
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  • 1 large celery stem, cut into cubes
  • 2 shallots, cut into thin slices
  • Finely chop 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 packs of Trader Joe’s Andouille smoked chicken sausage
  • 2 cups Manischewitz low-sodium chicken broth preferred
  • 1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 large lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick’s Mediterranean sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Mme. A dash of lemon pepper, no salt
  • 3/4 cup Farfalle baby macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Basilikumblätter

Instructions

  • Place butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the carrots, celery and onions and cook for 5 minutes to caramelize the onions.
  • Add the garlic and sausage and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, lemon juice, sea salt and lemon pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.
  • Pour into bowls, sprinkle with basil and sprinkle (optional) with ricotta salata or grated Parmesan cheese.

Power

Calories: 186 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 653mg | Sodium: 267mg 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 3g | Vitamin A: 3260IU | Vitamin C: 3,6 mg | Calcium: 24 mg | Iron: 1 mg You might also like this: French chicken soup Chicken udon soup with vegetables Coconut soup with Mulligatawny word-image-2124Pat’s Tuscan Soup with Basil (A Healthy Recipe) My introduction to this recipe was quite by-chance. I was fortunate enough to receive a box of Chef de Cuisine Foodie’s new cookbook, which has several delicious recipes that I intend to try over the summer. I was in need of a healthy, low-calorie soup recipe, so I am glad I chose this one.. Read more about sausage tuscan soup and let us know what you think.

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