i found a recipe off of google and changed it so it didn't suck as much, and it came out awesome. i think it would also be good if you replaced the sausage with tofu or vegetarian sausage, for those who don't eat meat. you can add more or less stock, depending on how thick you like your soup, or if you like a nice broth but not too thin, add all the stock and more rice. really, this recipe can be easily changed to your liking. and you can really put in any kind of vegetables you have laying around. the original recipe called for green pepper, but i didn't have any so i left it out. i think it came out better, anyway. (it also didn't call for rice, and it was supposed to have a bunch of chopped fresh tomatoes rather than the puree.)
sausage and zuccini soup
1 lb zuccini, cubed 1 c celery, chopped 2 small onions, chopped 1/2 lb sausage 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp basil 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 large can tomato puree (29 oz) 1 qt chicken or vegetable stock 2½ c minute rice
cut sausage into pieces, pan fry until cooked through and nicely browned. in a large pot, combine zuccini, celery, onions, garlic and about 1/4c of the stock, saute for three minutes. add sausage, spices, tomato puree and the rest of the stock. simmer covered for 30 minutes. stir in minute rice, and simmer for another ten minutes.
i made corn bread to go with it, which was really super yummy.