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Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

italian-sausage-with-tortellini-i.jpgItalian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:

Original recipe makes 8 servings

1 pound Italian sausage, Sweet or Hot, casings removed

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 cups beef broth

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup red wine

4 large tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped or a 28 oz can of Diced Tomatoes  

1 cup thinly sliced carrots

1/2 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini

2 oz. of fresh baby spinach leaves

8 ounces fresh tortellini pasta

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Prep 20 mins. Cook 1 hr 15 mins, Ready in 1 hr 35 mins

Directions:

1.  In a 5 quart Dutch oven, brown sausage. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tbsp of drippings

2.  Sauté onions and garlic in drippings.

3.  Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

4.  Skim fat from the soup. Stir in zucchini, Spinach and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving

 *Soup Recipe Contest 2015 Entry