Yeah I know….journey of a jeweler…so why cooking? Well, easy answer. Big family. We get HUNGRY! And big secret? I LOVE to cook!
Last night I made this soup…and they all dove in with reckless abandon. That doesn’t always happen, so when it does…I will share it with YOU!
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 large tomatoes – peeled, seeded & chopped / or 3 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 Tbs. packed fresh basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1-1/2 cups sliced zucchini
8 oz. fresh tortellini pasta
3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1. In a 5 qt. Dutch oven, brown sausage. Remove sausage & drain, reserving 1 Tbs. of drippings.
2. Saute onions & garlic in drippings. Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce & sausage. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer UNCOVERED for 30 minutes.
3. Skim fat from the soup. Stir in zucchini & parsley. Simmer COVERED for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.
This is not a broth heavy soup…so if you like more broth add more! You might want to adjust your seasoning as well.
Also, this soup does not call for salt, but I added a few twists of sea salt. mmmmm. nice!
A nice salad, a crusty loaf of bread…and you are set for the perfect winter meal. Enjoy!