"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Ursula Vermillion
Added: Friday, April 7, 2006

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage or chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 c. chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
5 c. beef stock or canned broth
2 c. chopped tomatoes (about lb.)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium size green bell pepper, diced
c. dry red wine
2 T. dried basil
2 T. dried oregano
8 to 10 oz. purchased fresh cheese tortellini
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:
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 parmesan and serve. Serves 6.

 

 

 

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