I had a crazy day today and definitely didn't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. I had been out running errands in a snow storm that got progressively worse as the hours wore on, and by the time I headed home, I was more than a little concerned about making it up the road to the top of the ridge where we live. As expected, my van, with its "all-season" tires, started spinning and sliding as soon as I headed up the hill. But my knight in shining armor (or should I say dirty pickup truck?) came to my rescue and towed me up the hill. Thank goodness Fred was home to save me or I might still be waiting for AAA!
Anyway, I needed something quick and warm and yummy for dinner, so I pulled out this old standby recipe. It's ready in about 10-15 minutes, just the amount of time it takes to brown the sausage. Serve it up with a salad and you've got a great meal.
|9" x 12" painting|
This sketch came about because, well, I just felt like having some fun. I've had a week full of running around to appointments, rushing from one thing to another, trying to get more done every day than is humanly possible. And as I was making dinner tonight I just thought, "I haven't had any fun lately!" and figured it wouldn't kill me to just stop (after dinner), get out my sketchbook, and escape for a little while. I scribbled the lines in quickly and tried not to fuss over it. I played!
On my agenda for tomorrow ... order a set of chunky, hunky, really macho snow tires for my van. I don't think winter is going away anytime soon.
Taco Soup½ pound turkey sausage
32 oz chicken broth
15 oz can black beans, drained
11 oz can Mexican style corn
Salt, to taste
8 oz sharp cheddar, about 1 ½ cup
Brown sausage, drain, and set aside.
Heat chicken broth, black beans, and corn together.
Add sausage and heat through. Add salt to taste.
Break tortilla chips into each bowl. Ladle soup over.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Makes 4 large servings.
- If your chicken broth contains salt, you may not need any additional salt in the soup.
- This simple soup is great as is, but you can also jazz it up in any number of ways. Add a can of stewed tomatoes, or some salsa. For extra kick, add canned green chiles or jalapenos.
- Don't skip the tortillas in each bowl. They give the soup a lot of flavor and thicken it somewhat.
- Pork sausage may be used in place of the turkey sausage. I like to use sweet Italian sausage.