Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I love a hearty soup, especially my mom's Minestrone soup. I wanted to make a similar hearty soup with Italian sausage and found one that included tortellini. Right away I knew I had to make it because my husband loves sausage and loves tortellini. The soup comes together in about a half and hour and is perfect on a bitter cold day. I serve it with parmesan cheese grated right over the top of each bowl and extra red pepper flakes for those who like things a little spicy!

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit
(Printable Recipe)
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
5 cups beef stock
1 can diced tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 large carrot, sliced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
9 ounces fresh cheese tortellini
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan, for serving
Red pepper flakes, for serving

Brown sausage in a saute pan until cooked. Set aside to drain on paper towels. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook until onions soften. Add the beef stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrot and zucchini as well as the herbs. Add in the cooked sausage and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the tortellini during the last couple minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Top each bowl with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes before serving.

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