Nutritiously Delicious Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

This is a very delicious Italian soup that can be served in 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Preparation time is 15 while cooking time is 55 minutes.  This recipe has a total yield of 6 servings.  Each serving has 253 calories, 9g fats, 22mg cholesterol, 574mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, 4.5g dietary fiber and 12.5g protein.

Ingredients

Sweet Italian sausage (casings removed) – 1 (3.5 oz) link
Onions (chopped) – 1 cup
Garlic (minced) – 2 cloves
Beef stock – 5 cups
Water – 1/3 cup
Red wine – 1/2 cup
Tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped) – 4 pieces
Carrots (chopped) – 1 cup
Dried basil – 1/2 teaspoon
Dried oregano – 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato sauce – 1 cup
Zucchini (chopped) – 1 piece
Cheese tortellini – 8 ounces
Green bell pepper (chopped) – 1 piece
Fresh parsley (chopped) – 1 tablespoon
Parmesan cheese (grated, for toppings) – 2 tablespoons

Directions

1.  Sauté the Italian sausage in a pot for 10 minutes over a medium high heat.  Stir occasionally until the sausages are well browned.  Drain the excess fats but leave at least 1 tbsp in the pot.  Sauté the garlic and onion on the sausage fat for 5 minutes.

2.  Pour the beef stock in the pot. Then add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, carrots, oregano.  Pour water and add the wine.  Bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 30 minutes while skimming the fat that may appear at the surface.

3.  Add the tortellini and the zucchini.  Then put the bell peppers and parsley to taste.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  When the tortellini is cooked, ladle into individual bowls.  Garnish each bowl with cheese.  Best served hot.