Whats for Dinner Tonight?

I always love soup but wish the weather would corporate. Who can have a nice, hearty bowl of soup on a day that is ninety-five degrees. Yuck! But I do have one soup that I think you can make year around, Tortellini Soup. It makes a ton of soup that when I make it, half of it goes in the freezer for another day. You’ll love it!

Tortellini Soup

2 lbs ground sausage (I use local spicy sausage)
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups beef broth
1 cup water
4 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped OR 1 32 oz can of chopped tomatoes (drained)
3 1/2 cups tomato sauce (about 30 oz)
2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried basil
1 bay leaf
1 10 oz packages of cheese tortellini. 

Brown sausage, keep it in large chunks. Remove browned meat from pan, reserving t tbsp of oil. (I like to cook it all in one pan then the oil from the sausage is already in the pan and one less pan to clean!)

Saute onion and garlic in oil for a few minutes.

In a large soup pot, mix all ingredients, including sausage-except tortellini. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer for 1-3 hours. (I like to make this during Sweet Baby’s morning nap-as long as I’m not leaving anywhere-then it just simmers all day. Makes for great flavor!)

A few minutes before serving prepare tortellini according to package. Set aside. Put tortellini in a bowl and top with soup and garnish with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

This recipe was passed down to me, in her recipe she added chopped zucchini to the soup. If you choose to do that-add that at very end with tortellini.

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