Yield: 6 servingsQuick and easy to prepare -- and very good, too.
Ingredients:1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
6 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup sliced celery, including leaves
2 cans (16 ounces each) whole tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1-1/2 cups beef broth or stock (or 2 beef bouillon cubes dissolved in 1-1/3 cups water)
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon (optional)
salt to taste
If you prefer, you may also add additional ground beef or pork for a heartier texture. Cook the meat with the sausage if using.