A bowl of soup and the spirit of sharing

A bowl of soup and the spirit of sharing

This time of year many of us are preparing to gather around a holiday dinner table with our nearest and dearest. Many of us will bake cookies or other treats to share with our neighbors, our colleagues, and our busy postal workers. Some of us will use our time and our efforts to feed the needy. All of these actions come from the same place, the heart. 
No matter who you are cooking for, feeding someone is an act of love and of community. It brings people together, it’s our common bond across cultures. When we share a meal, we are sharing so much more than food. 
Yesterday, from a crockpot in the corner of the breakroom at Stello Foods, many employees shared a meal without sitting at a table together. The person who cooked it did not get to watch the faces of each person as they sat down in front of a steamy, aromatic bowl; we ate when we had time. But I hope she knows that the love put into making that soup stayed fresh and was noted by each person who got to enjoy a hot, homemade meal in the middle of a workday.
 
Sowithout further ado, here is the recipe for PIZZA SOUP, made and shared by Stello Foods employee Barb Drummond! (Thank you Barb; for the recipe, the soup, and your thoughtful, sharing spirit!)
Ingredients:
1 pound Italian pork sausage
½ onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
4 cups water
2 (12 ounce) jars of Rosie’s Pizza Sauce
1 (6 ounce) package pepperoni, chopped
2 tomatoes, diced (or 1 can tomatoes)
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Garnish: shredded mozzarella cheese
Directions:
Brown and crumble sausage along with chopped green pepper and onion.
Stir in two jars Rosie’s Pizza Sauce and water.
Add in spices, seasonings and sugar (Italian seasoning, garlic powder, basil, rosemary, salt & pepper)
Stir in all remaining ingredients, including optional pizza toppings (mushrooms make a great addition!)
Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Serve with mozzarella cheese on top (and goes great with a side of garlic bread!) Buon appetito!
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