Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Grown Up Spaghettios

I am finally going back through the last 3.5 years of posts and tagging things to make this site easier to search, and I noticed I have a lot of soups on here. Seriously, a lot. When I finally finish tagging, I'll put the tags up on the page and you'll see how many soups are on here!
Well, here's one more! Like Nicole, I didn't grow up on spaghettios, but I like veggies and tomato soup and am always looking for a new healthy soup to take to work. This makes six large (two cup) servings of soup that (according to Nicole's calculations) are right around 200 calories each. Not too shabby considering there is pasta and sausage in this! This will fill you up through the afternoon snack time and reheats really well, too! I would suggest putting the spinach in only the portion you will be eating. Reheat the soup, then stir in the spinach each time you reheat a portion. Your spinach will wilt from the heat of the liquid, but it won't get mushy from being in liquid and being reheated.
I tasted canned spaghettios just to see the resemblance, and the liquid part of this really does taste a lot like this (except it tastes more like real food). If you like spaghettios, I think you'll really like these.

Grown Up Spaghettios

8 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 oz lean turkey sausage
29 oz tomato puree
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups whole wheat macaroni
4 cups baby spinach, loosely packed
1 large zucchini, rondelle

Brown and crumble sausage in a medium stockpot. Remove sausage, drain stockpot of any fat, and return to the heat. Saute garlic in bottom of pan for about thirty seconds, then add chicken stock and tomato puree. Bring to a boil, then add noodles and boil for 12 minutes. Add zucchini and Italian seasoning, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Stir in baby spinach and adjust seasonings to taste.

slightly adapted from Prevention RD (Nicole)

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