With all this frigid weather, all I want to do is eat soup. Last week we had French Onion soup (Paula Deen's recipe- delicious!) Monday, leftovers Tuesday and Roasted Carrot and Ginger soup Wednesday. My poor husband both nights asked me what our main dish was and I replied "umm, its just the soup." I sometimes forget that men like to eat way more than women. It is unbearably cold here today, they said we could even get a snow flurry (crazy for Charleston), so all I want is soup for dinner again. I decided to make a more manly soup in hopes that it would keep my husband full and serve as a real main dish! This is a recipe I have adapted from my mom. It is super easy and can just simmer until you are ready to eat! I like to serve with toasted Parmesan Bread.
The cooked sausage and onions
The chicken stock and veggies simmering
The finished product!
TORTELLINI AND SAUSAGE SOUP
-1 PACKAGE CHEESE FILLED TORTELLINI (IN THE REFRIGERATOR SECTION)
-1 POUND ITALIAN SAUSAGE (WE USE HOT)
-1 BAG BABY SPINACH
-2 ZUCCHINIS SLICED
-2 CARROTS DICED
-1 ONION SLICED
-1 CAN DICED TOMATOES
-1 PACKAGE HIDDEN VALLEY POWDERED RANCH DRESSING
-8/10 CUPS CHICKEN BROTH
COOK THE SAUSAGE AND ONION TOGETHER UNTIL SAUSAGE IS COOKED THROUGH AND BROWN. MEANWHILE IN A LARGE POT OR CROCK POT POUR THE CHICKEN BROTH IN AND SIMMER ON MEDIUM HEAT. ADD ZUCCHINI, CARROTS, SPINACH, TOMATOES AND RANCH DRESSING PACKET. ADD IN THE SAUSAGE AND ONION. RIGHT BEFORE SERVING ADD IN THE TORTELLINI AND COOK ABOUT 5 MINUTES. SERVE SPRINKLED WITH FRESH PARMESAN CHEESE.