Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sausage and Tortellini Soup

It's getting colder outside, so you can expect to start seeing a lot more soup recipes on here. I love soup because it warms you up but also because it tends to be fairly low in calories, as long as you're not making anything that's heavy on the cream. This soup has a wonderful combination of Italian flavors, so it makes a nice alternative to a heavy, pasta dinner. Try it out next time you're craving spaghetti. For an even lighter version, use Italian-style chicken or turkey sausage instead of pork.


1 lb ground Italian sausage
1/2 c onion
1/2 c bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
45 oz canned, diced tomatoes
16 oz tomato sauce
5 c beef broth
5 c chicken broth
1/3 c red wine
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp minced basil
16 oz frozen cheese tortellini


Brown the Italian sausage in a large pot. Drain, and return to pot. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes (including liquid--do not drain first), tomato sauce, beef broth, chickn broth, red wine, sugar, and basil to pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce temperature to maintain a gentle boil, and cook for 20 minutes. Add tortellini, and cook 5-10 minutes, until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Servings: 8

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.

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