Sometime when we’re shopping for meat we see labels like, “antibiotic-free”, and we don’t always know what that means. Joan Ruskamp, a cattle farmer from Dodge, Nebraska, shares in this short video, her story about antibiotic use in food animals and the responsibility that comes with raising healthy, safe beef for our tables.

Find out more about Joan and her family farm here. Enjoy this recipe that is simple but tastes elegant. Even better that is freezes like a dream!

Spicy Tuscan Soup 


  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil

  • 1.5 cups Italian sausage

  • 0.84 cups mushrooms, sliced

  • 1.25 cups red onion, chopped

  • 0.38 cups bacon, diced

  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced

  • 3.75 cups potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • 3 cups spinach leaves

  • 0.5 cups heavy cream



  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.

  2. Add in Italian sausage, mushrooms, red onion, bacon, and garlic. Cook for 9 minutes, until sausage is cooked through, bacon begins to crisp and onion softens.

  3. Stir in potatoes, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, pepper, and salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes begin to soften.

  4. Add in spinach leaves, and heavy cream. Stir well.

  5. Cook for another 8 minutes to allow spinach leaves to wilt and cream to warm through, then remove from heat.

Freezing Directions:

After cooking soup, allow to cool. Divide into quart freezer bags, label and freeze. To serve: reheat in microwave for 1-2 minutes, until warmed through.


CommonGround is a farmer-driven, volunteer program created to clear up misconceptions and enhance the trust and awareness among urban consumers for today’s agriculture. CommonGround serves as a partnership between the nation’s soybean and corn checkoffs. To learn more about CommonGround, visit, and learn more about the farm women involved in CommonGround Nebraska at