Annessa RD - Hearty Tomato Soup

Annessa RD - Hearty Tomato Soup
Annessa RD’s soup is a hug in a bowl that will warm your soul.


  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 2 lbs chicken sausage (love the kind with spinach & mozzarella), sliced into half-moons
  • 1 1/2 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic 
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano 
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes (like the kind with basil, garlic & oregano, or fire-roasted) 
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 


  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic 
  • 1/2 cup grated or shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


1. In a large pot sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, add chicken sausage, diced onions, and mushrooms. Sauté on medium for 5-10 minutes. Add grated garlic, stirring for 1 minute. Add oregano, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and kosher salt.

2. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep on low until ready to eat, and stir every once in a while. 

3. In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients: ricotta, parsley, grated garlic, and parmesan cheese, and salt. The mixture will turn a pretty green. You can use less parsley if you'd like. 

4. When serving, scoop soup into bowls and add a dollop of ricotta-herb mixture. Add in more herbs if desired.

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