My father is a Firefighter, although now retired. Cooking for a full firehouse with a hungry crew is one of the many responsibilities that comes with being a firefighter. Consequently, many firefighters become excellent cooks throughout their careers! Some of my favorite recipes were born in a firehouse. Recipes that have comforted me throughout my childhood and adulthood were created from the minds of first responders needing a quick and hearty meal. Often times, the dishes they would make had to be abandoned for hours if they were called out during dinner time. Soups, chilis, and stews were often preferred, especially in the winter. And with good reason- they only get better as the flavors meld, and help to warm you up if you’ve been working out in the cold. This soup is no exception, and I often requested it as a child. For me, Dad’s Firehouse Italian Soup Recipe is the ultimate comfort food!
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- 1 lb mild Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 med green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 medium zucchini
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 8oz can tomato sauce
- 2 cups of water
- 2 fresh cloves of crushed garlic
- 3/4 cups gluten free macaroni elbows
Brown sausage, pepper and onion, draining juices, transfer into large quart pot or soup pot. Stir in remaining ingredients except elbow noodles. Bring to a boil, turning down heat once boiling to a simmer. Let simmer for 40 minutes. Add the noodles 10-15 minutes before serving, allowing them to cook until al dente. Once noddles are finished cooking, serve and enjoy!