Married to Medicine

Married to Medicine

Sunday, February 8, 2015

One-Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup: Our #1 Fave, EASY Meal!

I'm not one to repeat recipes often.  I get bored too easily!  But this is one recipe we have all the time.   Whenever we haven't just had it, really.  It hits every mark:

  • It's delicious;
  • It's easy - crazy easy;
  • It makes a ton; 
  • It uses lots of veggies; and
  • Even the kids love it

I adapted this recipe from, on which it has a full five stars out of 1,300+ reviews.  My changes make it super easy and super fast, and the taste is the exact same.  So, without further ado:

One-Pot Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

1 pound sweet italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
9 cups of beef broth (I prefer "Better than Bouillon" - I add 9 cups of water + 3 tbsp of BTB)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
2 cans of peeled, diced tomatoes
2-3 large carrots, sliced
Basil to taste - fresh if you have it
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
2-3 zucchinis, (2 if very large), sliced
1 full bag of baby spinach
8-16 ounces fresh tortellini pasta (your preference; I like more pasta)
Parmesan or Asiago to sprinkle

Slit the casings of the sausage and push the sausage out; discard casings.  In large (your BIGGEST) pot over medium heat, cook the sausage with the onion until nearly all browned.  Add carrots and garlic and sauté a bit longer (enough to finish the sausage and release the garlic aroma, maybe 10 minutes).  Add everything else to the pot other than the zucchinis, pasta, and baby spinach.  Simmer until carrots are tender (60ish minutes).  With about half an hour to go, add the zucchinis.  With about 10 minutes to go, add the pasta and the baby spinach.  Serve with cheese to garnish.

Perfect on a cold winter's day!

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