Thursday, October 7, 2010
Italian Sausage Tortelini Soup
Hi everyone, so last night for dinner I made this incredible soup that my friend and Issy's babysitter from back when she was an infant gave me. I changed up a few things to it but kept a lot of key ingredients. My husband loved this and he isn't much of a soup eater. Dont get me wrong he likes soup but if he had his way it would be chicken fried steak and mashed "tators" every day of the week. So here is the recipe and I hope you all enjoy this as my family did.
1 pound of sausage, I used half hot Italian sausage and half sweet Italian sausage
2 small onions or 1 large one
1 medium bell pepper
1 Celery stalk
2 cloves of garlic
1 large zucchini
1 large carrot
5 cups of beef stock or broth, I used beef bullion cubes
2 large to medium tomatoes diced or you can use canned
1 can of tomato sauce
Tortellini 3 cheese you can use fresh or frozen
extra virgin olive oil
dutch oven or a large stock pot
I didnt use salt and pepper because I used bullion so I didnt need to add more salt and because I used spicy Italian sausage I didn't use pepper.
Before you get started cooking anything go ahead and dice up your veggies, I like a fine to a little bit smaller than bite sized dice but you dice them up how you like them. After all the veggies are diced, grab your dutch oven or stock pot and add a tablespoon of evoo, and your sausage (with the casings removed). As the sausage is browning but still pink add in all your veggies and cook them with the sausage until the veggies are translucent and the sausage is cooked. Next add your seasonings and stock and tomato sauce. Let the soup come to a boil and add your tortellini cook for about 8 minutes, and its ready to serve. You can grate some Parmesan cheese over the top or keep it plain. Serve with some crusty bread and a side salad and you are ready for a wonderful soup that cost pennies to make.
I hope you all enjoy this one as we did, thank you very much Kathy for this recipe its definitely part of our weekly menu. I hope you all have a great day and live, laugh and love through the tough times.
To save a few bucks when your grocery shopping, try to buy things that you can make into more than one meal. For example if you buy a roasting chicken you can have a roasted chicken dinner one night and then the next night maybe a chicken pot pie with it and then maybe chicken salad for lunch or chicken salad sandwiches. That way there can you use up your leftovers and save a few bucks on meals.