8 links fresh chicken sausages or packaged chicken sausages in an Italian or Mediterranean flavor
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
1 large onion, quartered lengthwise, then thinly sliced
2 cubanelle peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
2 red bell peppers, seeded, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
4-5 cups frozen shredded potatoes
Salt and pepper
1 can chunky-style crushed or diced tomatoes (28 ounces)
4 cups chicken stock
2 cloves garlic, cracked from skins and grated
4 tablespoons softened butter
3-4 tablespoons sundried tomato paste
1 cup basil leaves (20 leaves), thinly sliced
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus some to pass at the table
1/2 loaf good quality Italian bread or a long crusty loaf of whole grain bread, split lengthwise
Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
In a high-sided skillet, arrange the sausages, then add about 1/2-inch water and a healthy drizzle of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Place the sausages over medium-high heat, allow the liquids to come to a boil and evaporate, then roll the sausages around to crisp the casings, 18-20 minutes total. You’ll need a little less water and the process will go faster for fully cooked packaged chicken sausage.
While the sausage cooks, heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat with the remaining EVOO, 3 tablespoons. Add the onion, peppers and potatoes, season with salt and pepper and sauté for 7-8 minutes until the onion and peppers begin to soften and the potatoes become lightly golden at edges. Add the tomatoes, stir in the chicken stock and bring the stoup to a bubble, then reduce the heat to medium-low, a simmer. If the stoup is too thick, add some water to thin it out a bit to your taste. The consistency should be between a soup and stew.
Combine the garlic, butter, sundried tomato paste, basil and cheese. Slather the bread with the spread and cube it into large, bite-size pieces. Arrange the Gobble-Ums on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, until toasted.
Cut the sausages up and place the equivalent of 1 1/2 sausages into each of six soup bowls and cover with stoup. Top with a few Gobble-Ums and serve with tossed greens dressed with oil and vinegar.
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