Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup
List of Ingredients
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, pressed
5 c. beef broth
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. dry red wine (optional)
8 oz. fresh or frozen tortellini
1 c. sliced carrots
1 can (about 14-16 oz) stewed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 1/2 c. sliced zucchini
2 green bell peppers, seeded and cubed
3 tblsp. chopped fresh parsley
fresh grated parmesan cheese (not the kind in the can)
1 Remove casings from sausage. Brown sausage and cook until crumbly. Remove meat from pot. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings.
2 Cook onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Add broth, water, wine, carrots, tomatoes, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and the cooked sausage. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered 30 minutes.
3 Add zucchini, green peppers, parsley, and tortellini. Simmer until tortellini is tender. Garnish each serving with fresh grated parmesan cheese.