Soup for you!

Threw together this awesome soup the other night. Wanted something that would last for the week to chow down on. This endless rain makes me think of soup. And of rainboots. And of tropical beach locations with no rain that I could vacation to. Sigh.

Italian Chicken Soup

2 - 32 oz. boxes of chicken stock
1 package of chicken sausage (I like the Trader Joe's one the best and it's cheap!)
4 cups thawed, frozen spinach, squeezed of all water (so pack those cups full!)
1 cup cooked orzo
1 can diced tomato, drained and rinsed
1 can white kidney beans (or really any canned bean of your choice)
Salt and pepper to taste, plus some red pepper flakes if you're feeling hot!

Empty the two boxes of chicken stock into a large pot and turn stove onto medium heat. In a small pot, cook the orzo until al dente, drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process - set aside. Take the sausage out of its skin and cook up the meat in a frying pan, breaking it into small pieces - drain and set aside.

Once the orzo and sausage are cooked and the stock is heated up, add them to the pot along with the spinach, can of tomato (with its juices) and the rinsed beans. Let all of this heat up a bit, season with salt and pepper and those optional red pepper flakes.

Going to go home now and have this for lunch :-)