Sausage and Tortellini Soup {and a Menu}

This hearty and delicious soup will leave body and soul contented, y’all. Sausage and Tortellini Soup has come to the rescue many a time when I just couldn’t make a plan for dinner ahead of time and hordes of hooligans were about to descend from the school bus. I almost always have the ingredients on hand, so this makes regular appearances on our cold-weather menus. As well as being a quick weeknight meal, it’s a cozy Sunday night, football-watching favorite supper!

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Sausage and Tortellini Soup

  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 lb bulk (not link) Italian sausage
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1-9 oz package cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Grated Parmesan for garnish

1. In Dutch oven or stockpot, brown sausage and remove from pan with slotted spoon. Add onions to pan and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add cooked sausage, beef broth, basil, parsley, garlic, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer ten minutes.

2. Add tortellini and spinach to pot and simmer until tortellini is cooked though (it will float when it’s done), about 5 minutes.

3. Serve with Parmesan sprinkled on top.

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And here’s what we ate this week:

For the Beef and Bean Burritos, I  just browned ground beef and a diced onion, then added a can of drained and rinsed black beans, and stirred in about a cup of mild salsa. We warmed tortillas and filled them with the beef mixture, shredded lettuce, and cheese. It was a delicious, spur-of-the-moment meal at the end of a busy day. And the hooligans love assembling their own food!

 

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