Tortellini Sausage Soup
This weekend, I was in desperate need of some hearty soup. The cool, crisp weather was too much to handle and I need something to warm me up. I had never made homemade soup before, but I was ready to try! I found a recipe online, made some changes to it, and Tortellini Sausage Soup was invented!
Here are the ingredients that I used:
* one 20-oz. package fresh cheese tortellini
* 8 C. chicken broth
* 1 C. thinly sliced carrots
* 2 C. Pomi chopped tomatoes
* 4 C. baby spinach
* 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
* a few precooked frozen chicken sausages, thawed and cut into chunks
* 1 tsp. olive oil
* Parmesan cheese
I used Asiago spinach chicken sausage. As you can see, my sausages were horribly freezer-burnt, but they actually turned out alright. I also used baby carrots instead of regular carrots because…well, that’s all I had.
I started by preparing my ingredients. I thinly sliced the carrots, finely minced the garlic, and thawed and chopped the sausages.
Next, I heated the oil in a small pan and sauteed the garlic and sausages for a few minutes. I only used 2 sausages, but looking back, I would recommend using about 4 or so (unless you like having only 1 or 2 sausage chunks per bowl of soup).
Since the sausages were already fully cooked, I just needed to heat them up and slightly brown them. After that, I prepared the chicken broth and threw in the garlic, sausages, chopped tomatoes, carrots, and tortellini.
I let this simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes, or until I deemed the pasta “done” (as it was fresh pasta, I had no idea how to determine this…) Right at the end of the process, I added the spinach, which wilted instantly, and mixed it up in the soup.
Finally, I served it up in a bowl, threw in some Parmesan, and voila! Tortellini sausage soup.
This recipe was great because it was easy enough for a novice cook like myself to make, it took about 30 minutes to throw together, and it actually tastes good, too! (That’s a feat in my household!)
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