This is an Italian peasant soup traditionally made with only vegetables and stale bread. I added ground turkey but it certainly isn't necessary....I've heard that if a wooden spoon can stand straight up in the pot, the soup is done. It gets better after a day or two so if you're not serving the masses you'll have plenty of leftovers —inpatskitchen
about 7 quarts and serves a crowd
ground turkey (optional)
large onion, coarsely chopped
carrots cut in thirds
celery stalks, roughly chopped
6 to 8
strips bacon, cut in thirds
14.5 ounce can tomatoes
12 ounce can tomato juice
crushed red pepper flakes
crushed fennel seeds
14 to 15 ounce can chick peas, rinsed and drained
14 to 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!