Being frugal is the main aspect of being a Brainy Gourmet. Having said that, you can expect that a good ole soup of any kind starts with soup stock...using either chicken, turkey, beef or pork and or vegetables.
If you have made your choice of stock, pour about 4 cups into a pot and then add one tube or small can of tomato paste. Its as simple as that. Again...just stir in one small can of tomato paste, toss in some fresh dried herbs, cover, simmer on med heat for 25 min.
As it bubbles away, prepare rice or any small pasta that you prefer... adding separately to bowls and not the soup. This way, tonight's tomato soup can become tomorrow's Minestrone.
Oh, the sausage... baste in the oven until fully cooked; then, dice or cube and toss into each bowl. Delicious! * Note, if you like creamy style... add a dollop of sour cream and top with fresh green arugula.
~ Tutti a Tavola!