Pizza in soup form? Is this genius or madness? I vote genius.
This is my definition of comfort food in a bowl. A special treat from my childhood, often consumed after a hard day out skiing the slopes. Don’t be scared by the short ingredient list – the soup is full of flavour and makes for a filling, yummy meal. And like pizza, the variations are endless. Feel tropical? Throw in some pineapple. Hate mushrooms? Then don’t put them in! Feeling like a Mediterranean pizza with olives, pesto, red pepper, and maybe some zucchini? Go for it! Anything goes with pizza soup.
For this variation I stuck to the basic toppings: mushroom, green pepper, onion, and Italian sausage. The sausage was the experiment. I have made my own seitan before, and am no stranger to chickpea cutlets, but my experiences with vital wheat gluten stopped there. The recipe is originally from Vegan Brunch, and has been nicely re-posted at the PPK: Italian Sausage. Move aside seitan – the steamed bean sausage is here to stay! The best part about this recipe – other than it’s simplicity – is that it is also endlessly versatile. Mix and match spices, shape of sausage, even beans! I cannot wait to experiment with this one. As written, the spice mixture is just like the infamous Italian sausage I grew up with – the one that gave the Italian gravy in the lasagna the ‘YUM!’ factor. So put aside your conceptions about what pizza should be! Pizza in a bowl is the wave of the future. Embrace this hearty, filling, and delicious twist on the staple that has been reinvented umpteen times!
1 tsp. oil
1 small onion chopped
½ cup sliced mushrooms
¼ cup slivered green pepper
1 can (28 oz) plum tomatoes, whole
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth, or water
1 cup thinly sliced Italian Sausage (I used two sausages)
½ tsp. dried basil
1 cup non-dairy mozzarella, shredded (optional. I have yet to jump on the Daiya bandwagon)
1) In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; stir-fry onion, mushrooms and green pepper until soft but not browned.
2) Add tomatoes (tear them a bit into bite-sized chunks as you add them if you like), vegetable broth, pepperoni and basil; cook until heated through.
3) Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cheese; microwave if necessary to melt the cheese. Serve immediately.
It’s that easy!