Steamy Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

This recipe can make 8 servings.  Preparation time is 20 minutes while cooking time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The soup will be ready in 1 hour and 35 minutes.  Each serving has 324 calories.  Total fat content is 20.2g, cholesterol 50mg, sodium 1145mg, carbs 19.1g, protein 14.6g and total dietary fiber is 3.1g.

Ingredients

Sweet Italian sausage (casings removed) – 1 pound
Onion (chopped) – 1 cup
Garlic (minced) – 2 cloves
Beef broth – 5 cups
Water – 1/2 cup
Red wine – 1/2 cup
Tomatoes (peeled, seeded and chopped) – 4 large pieces
Carrots (thinly sliced) – 1 cup
Fresh basil leaves (packed) – 1/2 tablespoon
Oregano (dried) – 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato sauce – 1 (8 oz) can
Zucchini (sliced) – 1 1/2 cups
Fresh tortellini pasta – 8 ounces
Fresh parsley (chopped) – 3 tablespoons

Directions

1.  Brown sausage using a five quart Dutch oven.  Remove the sausage and drain.  Reserve one tbsp of the drippings.

2.  Use the drippings to sauté the garlic and onions.  Pour the beef broth, wine and water then add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrots, Basil, oregano, and the sausage.  Stir the mixture and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Leave it uncovered.

3.  Remove the fat from the soup.  Add the zucchini and parsley and stir.  Simmer again for another 30 minutes. Add the Tortellini.  Garnish each serving with Parmesan cheese.  Serve hot.