Italian Sausage Seasoning Blend

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 “You had me at pizza…”

Obviously this is not pizza, but it is pizza soup! And it will be making several more appearances on my table in the cold winter months to come. Now, you can find hundreds of recipes for pizza soup online, but this one is from @thewholesmiths #goodfoodcookbook and it is the 💣 , she really turned this recipe into something special. I highly recommend her cookbook...it is so family friendly, with simple ingredients and processes...it has become my most used cookbook! •

Italian sausage is called for in this recipe, but Icouldn’t find any #whole30compliant, so I added my own spice blend to ground pork and it worked perfectly! A great option if you don’t have sausage on hand (perfect for pork, turkey or chicken).

Italian sausage seasoning blend:

2 tsp fennel (I only had ground)

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp paprika

½ - 2 tsp cayenne pepper (all depends on how spicy you like it, I used ½ tsp and it was on the verge of too spicy for my “super sensitive to spice daughter”, I thought it was perfect. Start with less and add to your preference.

*I mixed this all in with 1lb. of ground pork, then salted the pork when browning.