Oct 13, 2015

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup


Several years ago when we were still living in Michigan, one of the ladies from our church prepared this soup for our ladies fellowship. All of us who attended that meeting enjoyed this very tasty soup and naturally we all asked for the recipe. She kindly gave us a copy and I have never forgotten this yummy soup ever since.



Fast forward to the present here in Connecticut, it was my turn to host our church's ladies' book study and lunch fellowhip at our house. I never had second thoughts about the soup that I would make and so last week this was our lunch. I was glad I chose this soup as everyone liked it - bowls were all clean after lunch! I prepared a huge batch so my family got to taste it, too and we all agreed it was a keeper. My 2 kids especially loved it and when I gave them the left-overs next day I never had a problem serving this tasty soup. Pair it with a rustic crusty bread and it's a combo made in heaven! Enjoy!


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Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup




This soup has everything you want - sausages, tortellini and vegetables - a complete and delicious meal by itself to warm you up this fall and winter - Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup


Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 
  • 1 medium to large Onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves. peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups Beef broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup red Wine
  • 1 punnet/box (8-10 oz) grape or cherry tomatoes. kept whole
  • 3 medium size Carrots, sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons dried Oregano (or Italian seasoning)
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed Italian tomatoes
  • 8 oz fresh Tortellini Pasta (your choice of flavor)
  • 1/3 cup fresh Basil leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Crumble and brown the sausage in a large Dutch oven (5 quarts). Saute the chopped onion and garlic until soft. 
  2. Pour in the beef broth, water and wine. Stir in the fresh tomatoes, carrots, dried oregano and canned crushed tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and skim the fat from the soup. 
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Add the fresh tortellini, basil and parsley and cook for another 10 minutes or until the tortellini is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese just before serving. Serve with crusty bread. 
Yield: 8-10 Servings 
Prep Time: 20 Minutes 
Cooking Time: 1 Hour (total)
Total Time: 1 Hour and 20 Minutes

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com and cafevita.



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20 comments

  1. Looks so hearty and something to eat on a cold day and it has a lovely color!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Truly perfect for the cold weather!

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  2. Dear Abby, this soup looks absolutely delicious. Italian sausage really has a way of flavoring soup wonderfully. I'm actually hosting our church book study in two weeks....hmmmm...Sounds like this would be the perfect dish to serve! (We're discussing The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, an excellent read!) Thanks for another great recipe!

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    1. Yes, I think this would be wonderful, Allie! I have to check out that book and hope you have a lovely book study!

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  3. This is pure comfort food! I adore tortellini soup, it's perfect on cold fall days!

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    1. I fully agree it is comfort food, thanks Des!

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  4. Dear Abigail, your tortellini soup sounds warm and comforting. It's loaded and perfect for the cool weather. Thank you for sharing with us. xo, Catherine

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  5. I make a tortellini soup but have never added sausage. That is a great way to add a little extra to an already delicious soup. Yours looks fantastic. Perfect for these colder days.

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  6. Oh, this sounds outstanding, Abby! My daughter would love the tortellini, my hubby would be thrilled with the sausage and I would savor every spoonful!

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    1. It seems like a perfect dinner choice for your family Liz! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Such a perfect comfort soup! I love tortellini-based soups and this looks and sounds so delish!

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  8. What a comforting and fantastic combination! I bet this would surely impress a bunch of people! Another fantastic recipe.

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  9. What a lovely, simple soup for a cool afternoon or evening. I don't use sweet Italian sausage much (my husband prefers the hot version), but I'm game to try it in this recipe.

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    1. Am sure the hot version would work great, too Laura but I guess it's all a matter of preference. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  10. This looks sooo good! These are all my favorite flavors and so perfect for a cool evening. Going to try this very soon.

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