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Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
(Zuppa con Salsiccia e Tortellini)
 
 
Ingredients:

1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
5 cups beef stock or canned broth
2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 3/4 lb)
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium-sized green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano

8 to 10 ounces purchased fresh cheese tortellini
Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese  

Directions:

Saute Italian sausage in heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat until cooked through, crumbling with back of spoon, about 10 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to large bowl.
 
Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from Dutch oven.

Add onion and garlic to Dutch oven and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Return sausage to Dutch oven.
 
Add stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, wine, basil and oregano.
 
Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before continuing.)

Add tortellini to soup and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.

Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmigiano cheese and serve. Serves 6.
 
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