Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Italian Tortellini Soup

I recently got a free package of Rana Cheese Tortellini to try so I decided to put it to good use with a delicious soup.

1lb ground pork
1 TB balsamic vinegar
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper(for mild, double for hot!)
1/4 tsp fennel
1/4 tsp oregano
salt to taste

1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup tomato sauce
1lb roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced (approx, 1-14.5 oz can, undrained)
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 small zucchini, diced

4 cups baby spinach, chopped
1 TB fresh basil, minced (1 tsp dried)
10 oz cheese filled tortellini
Fresh cracked black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste

Mozzarella or Parmesan for sprinkling

Mix first 12  ingredients(pork-salt) together and allow to mingle for at least 30 minutes.

In a large deep pot crumble and cook the pork sausage with the sweet onions and garlic.

When the pork is cooked through add next 6 ingredients(chicken broth-zucchini)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add last 4 ingredients and simmer 10 minutes more.

Serve it up into bowls and sprinkle with cheese.

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