I made this last night for a gathering with extended family and everyone loved it… including the kids! I created this recipe so was unsure what the vote would be but it made it into the “make again” bin!! The great thing about this recipe is that you can add to or change some of the ingredients based on what you have. It made 10 good sized servings and took about 1 1/2 hours to make.
Hearty Italian Soup by ~~Mother’s Apron Strings~~
19oz mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red cooking wine
1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregeno
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini (not too thin)
8 ounces frozen cheese tortellini pasta
3 tablespoons chopped dried parsley
1. In a skillet, brown the sausage. Remove sausage and drain well, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
2. Saute onions and garlic in drippings. In a large soup pot, stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage. Bring to a boil then reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
3. Skim any fat from the soup. Stir in zucchini and parsley. Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes.
4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic breadsticks.