Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuscan Tortellini Soup

So I have been traveling a lot for work and we are very much in the holiday season, so life is busy!  With that, you eat more deserts, you go out to eat more due to the lack of time, and home cooked meals get forgotten.  This week, we decided we would try a couple new meals, so that we make sure we have time to sit down and eat dinner and enjoy some time together.  It may not be cold out, but I can use any excuse to make a good soup.  Since it is December now, why not make soup and pretend it is winter!  So, we tried a new soup, that is quite healthy and amazing!  It is hardy so you don't have to make anything with it, except maybe some rolls.  This is really one of my favorite new meals in a while and it is healthy, so enjoy!

Tuscan Tortellini Soup
  • 1 ½ lbs. Italian chicken sausage
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4-6 cups kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 box package of cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup + more for topping parmesan or asiago cheese, grated
  • Salt & white pepper to taste

In a heavy-bottomed pot,  heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and Italian chicken sausage. Once completely cooked, drain and set aside. Then in the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Once onions and garlic are caramelized, add crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, browned ground sausage & kale. 

Bring to a boil- stirring frequently, add pepper and salt to taste.  Continue to boil 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to merge. Add cheese tortellini and cook until al dente (read package for time). Add milk  and parmesan cheese. Simmer for a few more minutes.

Remove from heat & serve. 

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