Turkey Sausage & Tortellini Soup
  • Servings: 6- 8
  • 2 spicy turkey sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cans beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 4 ounces tortellini (cheese filled from Trader Joe worked perfectly)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (or to taste)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a heavy soup pot, brown sausage. Add onions and garlic; saute. Stir in beef broth, wine, tomatoes, carrots, dried herbs, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir in zucchini. Simmer covered for 5 minutes. Add tortellini; simmer for 15 more minutes. Add basil during the last 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.
This soup tastes so rich and delicious, without a lot of effort. I started with an allrecipes.com recipe, reduced the proportions, and changed a few ingredients to suit our tastes. It is unbelievably tasty! I am working on clarifying the times. I do not really simmer for an hour -- this is quicker than that!