Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zesty Italian Tortellini Soup

Zesty Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe:
- 1 pound freshly ground Italian sausage
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 6 cups beef broth
- 14 ounces can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 small yellow zucchini, sliced
- 1 small green zucchini, sliced
- 1 sweet green pepper, chopped
- 1/3 cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1 tablespoon crushed sweet basil
- 16 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
salt and pepper to taste
garnish: freshly grated parmesan cheese

  1. In heavy skillet, over medium heat, brown sausage. Set aside browned meat. In same skillet, brown onion and garlic until soft and lightly golden brown.
  2. In the soup pot, add beef broth, browned sausage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrot, green pepper, and wine. Cover and simmer 40 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to medium, add seasonings, and tortellini. Cook 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Season to taste. Serve hot and garnish with cheese, if desired.

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