I am completely sick today. Sore throat, headache, sore ears, sore eyes, congested. I know I'm going to be in the mood for soup, and lots of it, over the next few days.

Here's the recipe for a favorite of ours. I adapted it from one that a friend shared with me a few years ago (originally from Cooking Light, I believe.) It's so yummy!

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Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup

1 lb. hot Italian sausage (or mild, if your family prefers ... we like spicy)
2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with garlic and basil (I think some brands call this "Italian diced" -- check the can. Remember that tomatoes are a commonly contaminated crop and it's worth the effort to look for organic!)
6 cups broth or stock of your favorite variety
1 cup small whole-grain pasta (such as macaroni or shells)
1 large bunch kale, stemmed and chopped

In a soup pot, brown sausage, using a spoon to break up. Add tomatoes, broth, and pasta. Simmer until pasta is tender. Add kale and simmer until bright green and wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve with crusty bread, salad, and a garnish of shredded cheese and/or shredded fresh basil if you choose. (We always omit the garnishes.) Enjoy!

And a couple more dinnertime photos from me, since this seems to be my favorite subject of late, and I just can't resist:

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Have a wonderful weekend, friends! Be well -- not sick like me! ;)