Savvy Tenant – Soup’s On!

Fall is here! Well, in the US, fall is here. 🙂  I forget the global connection we have these days.  Isn’t it interesting how we tend to think the way things are were we live is the way they are everywhere.  Now there’s a blog topic.

Anywho, the air is a bit sharper and it is definitely time to fill your apartment with warmth and yummy smells.  Here is a recipe for one of my favorite soups.  My family loves it, too.

Photo by Bev

Photo by Bev

Sausage & Tortellini Soup

1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups beef broth
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 large carrot, sliced
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
10 ounces cheese tortellini
salt and pepper
fresh grated parmesan cheese

  1. In a large saucepan, cook Italian sausage until no longer pink. Drain sausage well on paper towels and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of drippings from saucepan.
  2. Add onion and garlic to saucepan. Saute until translucent. Return sausage to pan; add beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrot, wine, basil, and oregano.
  3. Simmer until vegetables are tender, 40-60 minutes.
  4. Add tortellini and cook until tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle into individual soup bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Notes: If you want a soup with a few more veggies, the original recipe called for a chopped bell pepper and sliced zuchinni.  My family isn’t fond of either, so I leave them out.  In fact, why not get creative and add other veggies of your choice.  Also the wine is optional; it adds a nice depth of flavor.Also if you want dinner ready when you walk in the door, brown up the meat ahead of time and throw everything except the tortellini and the Parmesan in a crock pot and turn it on low for the day.  There’s nothing quite as inviting as walking through your door to the smell of soup just waiting for you to dig in. Throw in the tortellini to cook while you change clothes, or cook it up separately and rinse it briefly to stop the cooking process (or so I’ve been told), and toss in it the hot soup.

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