Gnocchi (Sources: JaBB on Flickr Creative Commons)
This is one super-fast soup, y'all. It's inexpensive, too! Perfect when you want something different on the table (please, not spaghetti again, mom!), something that wasn't purchased at a fast food joint, but something that actually is fast and fun to make.
Mama Steph's six-ingredient sausage-gnocchi soup
8 oz. bulk hot Italian sausage (or if bulk isn't available, buy links and remove sausage from casings; if hot isn't available, just add your own red pepper flakes)
16 oz. package vacuum-packed potato gnocchi (found with the dried pasta in the grocery store)
1 can (15 oz.) beef broth
1 can (15oz) Italian stewed (or diced) tomatoes
Fresh spinach - optional (as much as you want; it cooks down greatly, so a big 10 oz. pkg is perfect)
3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
about 2 cups water
In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, brown crumbled sausage over medium - high heat, breaking up with spoon or spatula.
When completely browned, add water, broth, and tomatoes. Stir. Bring to a boil while stirring, and turn down so soup is just simmering, not a full boil.Add the gnocchi. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes; the gnocchi will float to the top when ready at that time.
Ladle into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper, if desired.