Jan 3- Italian Tortellini Soup

It is -12 degrees here today. The wind cuts through you like knives.  This year we have had only a dusting of snow, but the cold temperatures have been stronger than ever.  I was trying to find something warm and hearty and knew this would be the perfect dish. I had some Italian Sausage left over from the holiday festivities and nothing warms you up like spicy meat and pasta. I know I know it is the new year a healthy meal would be nice right? I added some spinach for those of you whom are health nuts. To make us both feel better.

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Prep time: under 10 Minutes                                Cook Time: 30-35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 9 oz package of cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup spinach

In a pot (or dutch oven because dutch ovens are amazing) start by browning your Italian sausage.  If you don’t have one of these handy pampered Chef Mix N’ Chops you should order one right now.  They make breaking up hamburger and sausage a breeze.  I cannot take credit for finding this. John brought this into our relationship.  I won on multiple levels.

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While the sausage is browning.  Dice your onion and mince your garlic, put on some music and pour yourself a glass of wine.

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Once your sausage is browned add your onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.  Stirring a couple of times to gain some of the excellent carmelization on the sausage and onion.

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Next add your stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, whole milk, and half and half.  Yes that is a lot of different liquids – honestly I just started dumping and it was delicious.  I have whole milk in my fridge because I have a 1-year-old, you can use 2% milk. With the heavier dairy products you get an extra creamy/silky texture and a boost of flavor.  Reduce your heat to low.

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Add your spices – ground oregano, garlic salt, parsley flakes and simmer for 20 minutes. Italian sausage differs in spice, heat, and flavor so make sure you taste your dish and add salt and pepper to taste.  I added approximately 1 tsp of pepper but I like pepper.

Tip- you can combine all of the above mentioned ingredients into a crockpot (precooking your sausage of course). Setting it on low during the day and finish it off by adding the tortellini and spinach when you get home.  

I completely understand we are all busy. It is a great feeling when you leave the house in the morning WITH dinner planned.  I personally walk around with a chip on my shoulder all day . It is on these days that I feel like I have my shit together.  Then I come home and my house is a mess and I realize I am a real person and it was all a lie. 

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Next add your cheese tortellini. Continue to cook on low for 5 minutes stirring regularly. Turn your burner off and add your spinach (stems removed I ripped it in half like a savage). I used about a cup you can add more if you would like… I am a newbee to the spinach world so babysteps my dear. Just be impressed that I added spinach and not cheese.

Get your bowls out and serve this beautiful soup.

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Serve with a garnish of Parmesan cheese.  Welp… I tried there is the cheese. Every dish needs a touch of cheese.

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What a completely delicious dish to enjoy.

xoxo,
Bryn

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Prep time: under 10 Minutes                                Cook Time: 30-35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 9 oz package of cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup Spinach

Directions:

  1. Brown your italian sausage in a dutch oven or pot
  2. Dice your onion
  3. Mince your garlic clove
  4. Once your italian sausage is browned add your onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 5 minutes
  5. Add your stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, whole milk and half&half.
  6. Turn heat down to low
  7. Add ground oregano, parsley flakes, garlic salt and simmer for 20 minutes
  8. Add your tortellini and cook for 5 minutes till tender
  9. Turn off the heat and add spinach
  10. Serve with grated parmesean cheese

 

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