Hearty Italian Sausage Soup
This is simple fare that the whole family will enjoy. I make this, or a close rendition, and freeze in batches for my toddler's lunches. But it's also a nice option for those times when you don't have a lot of time or headspace, but want to cook something from scratch that's satisfying and tastes like it cooked for ages.
You can use vegetable or chicken broth instead of plain water, if preferred.
This is a great base recipe for adding additional vegetables, such as cabbage, zucchini, or kale.