And I usually forgo bread with soup, but this cheesy toast is soooo good, you must try it.
1 lb spicy pork sausage
3 potatoes - halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 onion - halved and thinly sliced
2 fennel bulbs - cored, halved, and thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, crushed and roughly chopped
1 cup wine
28oz can diced tomatoes
3 lbs low sodium beef stock (1 and a half boxes)
1 baguette or small loaf of "rustic" bread
5 thin slices pepper jack cheese
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Dried Italian seasoning for topping, if desired
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, brown the sausage over medium-high. Remove the sausage from the pan and drain. Add the sliced onion, fennel, and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with 1 cup of wine. (I used Our Dog Blue from Chateau Morrisette, a local winery - yum!)
Add the potatoes and return the sausage to the pan.
Cut the bread into 1/2-inch thick slices. Toast for about 5 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees or in a toaster oven. Top with a slice of the pepper jack cheese and some Parmesan cheese and broil for about 5 minutes. Make sure to watch the bread in the broiler so it doesn't burn! Top with some Italian seasonings, and dig in!