Tortellini Soup

Over the holidays I had my brother, sis in law and adorable nephew staying with us. One evening after returning from her mom’s, they brought home some leftover Tortellini soup and said it was a must try. Well a couple of days went by and they went home. The soup remained. I ended up having neighbors over for impromptu leftover soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. It was so awesome that I had to get the recipe. We enjoyed this hearty soup for several days and I even shared it with a friend who happened to be here as I was cooking it for dinner one night. She enjoyed it so much that she has since made it for her family. So what I am saying is TRY IT. It’s hearty, yummy and easy. Three great qualities in a meal if you ask me ;) Now, she did leave this recipe on my answering machine {yes, I still have one of those!} so a few details may be mixed up from the original but it’s good regardless!

Tortellini Soup

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp each dried basil and oregano
  • 10 oz tortellini
  • 8 cups beef broth {I used 4 plus water}
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 cup green beans {I used canned cause it’s what I had}
  • 2 8 0z cans stewed tomatoes
  • 2 pealed and cubed potatoes
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 carrots, diced

Directions

Saute onion and garlic in butter. Add spices. I used a dutch oven. Place in a bowl after translucent. Add meat to pan and brown.  Add broth, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, potatoes and carrots. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Add green beans, tortellini and zucchini. Simmer another 10 minutes.

Serve with some fresh parmesan and either a nice green salad and crusty french bread or a grilled cheese sandwich. What a great weeknight dinner to warm your belly.

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