The cooler weather of the past week has encouraged me to bring out the hearty recipes. Normally I wouldn’t make comfort foods on 70 degree days, but after the hot summer we had, 70 degrees seems cold!
The first day it was cooler, my husband asked me to make Tortellini Soup. This is a simple recipe that I came up with several years ago with items I had on hand. It makes enough for five and leaves us with plenty of leftovers the next day. My family loves hearty bread with this soup and we pass the bread around for each of us to tear off our piece. Pared with a glass of wine, this meal is a cure for insomnia!
2 (28oz) cans of petite diced tomatoes
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 tbsp of dried Rosemary
2 (32oz) boxes of Fat Free Chicken Broth (or vegetable)*
16oz. of smoked sausage
1 package (18oz.) of frozen cheese tortellini
1 package (16oz) of frozen Italian green beans
* I like less broth and more items on my spoon! Feel free to add more broth.
Add tomatoes, garlic, Rosemary and Chicken broth to a large pot and bring to a boil.
In the meantime, cut sausage in ½ moons and brown in pan. Pour off grease and pat off excess on paper towels.
When soup is boiling, add sausage to pot and bring to boil again.
Add frozen tortellini and cook 10 minutes.
Add frozen green beans and return soup to boil one last time so everything is heated through.
Serve with hearty bread and enjoy!