Friday, January 14, 2011

D-Feast Friday: Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love this time of the year and all the soups and stews that the cold weather inspires me to make. I love the smell that permeates the house from a pot full of soup, simmering on the stove top. I love cleaning out all the veggies that are about to head south, out of my crisper. Love, love, love.

Here is one of my favourite recipes... mostly because it uses wine in the broth. Pour some in the broth, pour some in me. Pour some in the broth, pour some in me. Since I'm nursing right now, it all goes into the broth. Boo.


1 lb. sweet Italian sausage
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
7 c of beef broth
1 c water
3/4 c red wine
4 large tomatoes, seeded, peeled and chopped OR
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
8 oz. tomato sauce
2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 zucchini, chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 pkg (8 oz) fresh tortellini
3 tbsp. fresh parsley

1. Brown sausage in a large pot. Remove and drain fat, reserving 1 tbsp of drippings.

2. Saute garlic and onion. Stir in broth, water, wine, tomatoes, basil, carrots, oregano, sauce and sausage.

3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer (without lid) for 30-45 minutes.

4. Skim fat from soup (ugh, HATE this part, but SO worth it!)

5. Add zucchini, squash and parsley. Simmer for 30 more minutes.

6. Add pasta in the last 10 minutes.

This soup is so rich and flavourful. The carb factor (without pasta) comes out to about .03. I usually spoon out a bowl of soup without the pasta for Elise, then add the pasta after I weigh it. I think I've figured that the Buitoni tortellini I use have about 2g of carbs each.

This soup is also yummy if you sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!


  1. Wow! Looks great! And I agree - I hate the fat skim part.

    On another note, as I was looking for meals to make I came across Heather's mac n cheese and saw your comment. Not sure if you subscribe to comments so I will repeat what I said here, or paraphrase - have you tried Tinkyada brown rice pasta? I make a homemade version with that and it's much simpler on Caleb's bgs than regular.

    Happy Friday!

  2. That looks so yummy and I think my husband would love it! May have to try that this weekend. Thanks! :)

  3. YUM! I'm going to have to try this. Especially the wine part. :)

  4. Thanks for the dinner suggestion, my friend! It is bubbling away on the stove as I type. AND, your post inspired me to get in D-Feast Friday.

    Choosing Joy in 2011, Amy

  5. yum! i think i am going to try making it this weekend!

  6. Okay Joanne, I had to come back here and tell you how wonderfully awesome the soup was. I even printed it out and added it to my blue binder of 'keeper' recipes. That's really saying something if it makes it into the blue binder ;)


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