Cheese Tortellini Soup with Sausage

  • 50 mins
  • 15 ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb package of fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1 medium green pepper,chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

  • In a stock pot brown the sausage over medium high heat, removing the casing and breaking it up and cooking for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain well, leaving 1 tsp of drippings in the pot.
  • Set the sausage aside, reduce heat to medium, then add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add the broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, herbs  tomato sauce and sausage.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  • Skim off any fat, then add the tortellini and bell pepper, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • To serve, ladle soups into bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.

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