Never-Fail Soup #3: Italian Sausage Tortellini

The first time I published this recipe, I entitled the post “Make This Soup. Just Do It.” I still feel that way. You should listen to me and make this soup. It’s unbelievably good…so good that you will high-five yourself for being so smart and talented for turning something like this out of your own kitchen.

Whenever I make this soup, I think about two friends. One is my friend Michelle, who makes it frequently and still accesses the recipe on my blog for her use. It makes me happy to know that I am in her kitchen while she cooks this. The other friend I think of is Jaime, who brought over her new boyfriend for us to meet/interrogate one night. I served this on the deck by (very dim) candlelight. Those two chums are married now and living in New Hampshire, where it is infinitely colder than it is here.

Make this soup. Just do it.

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

1 (3.5 ounce) link sweet Italian sausage,
casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 tomatoes – peeled, seeded and chopped (or use a can)
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces cheese tortellini (I usually use Trader Joe’s dried)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for
topping
DIRECTIONS:
1. Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.
2. Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.
3. Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

(originally found on Allrecipes)

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