Italian Sausage Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound, ( 3 links ), of hot or sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/4 pound piece stick pepperoni, diced
  • 1 ham steak, diced (1/2 to 3/4 pound)
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded, quartered and cut
  • 1 medium yellow onion peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 1 (15 oz-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 pound gemelli pasta or other short-cut pasta

Directions

  1. Place a soup pot on stove and preheat to medium high heat. Add the sausage, brown and crumble the sausage, drain off excess fat if necessary.
  2. Add the ham and the pepperoni. Cook meats together 2 minutes then add peppers and onions and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and salt and pepper.
  4. Add the stock and bring to a boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the pasta let cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked.