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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dinner Was Great!

I haven't shared a recipe on the blog in a looooong time, but Chris made the most excellent soup tonight for dinner. I just have to share it with you all, particularly since it's going to be soup weather here in Minnesota all week.

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

I got this recipe from allrecipes.com

1 lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 Cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 Cups beef broth
1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup red wine
4 Large tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 Tbsp packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 Can tomato sauce (8 ounce)
1 1/2 Cups sliced zucchini
12 oz fresh tortellini pasta (we used frozen tortellini)
3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In a 5 quart Dutch oven, brown sausage. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
Saute onions and garlic in drippings. Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Skim fat from the soup. Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.

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