Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tortellini Sausage Soup

Who doesn't love soup in the winter? This is a great, hearty soup that is easy to make and makes your house smell homey and warm. It is also pretty simple, only one pot!

Tortellini Sausage Soup
From Simply Gourmade

1/2 lb. Italian Sausage
4 cloves pressed garlic
1 onion, diced
1/2 c water
2 15-oz cans chicken broth
1/2 c. apple cider (don't leave this out!  I did once and it wasn't the same...)
1 16-oz can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 c. sliced carrots
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 medium zucchini, grated
8-10 oz. package cheese tortellini
2 TBSP. dried parsley

Begin cooking sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently.  If your sausage is pretty fatty, you'll want to drain it when it's about halfway cooked.  Meanwhile, chop onions and garlic and add to the sausage.  Continue cooking until onions are translucent and your sausage is cooked.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, juice, water, chicken broth, carrots, oregano, and basil.  Cover and simmer for 1/2 hour.  Add parsley and zucchini and simmer for another 15 min. or so.  Add the tortellini and cook until tender.  Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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