Welcome to Sarah's Adventures in Culinary Experimentation

This blog is for posting recipes I've experimented with while teaching myself to cook. Some I have taken from my favorite recipe books, others are purely my own experimentations. My audience is usually just my husband, my toddler daughter, and I and we are living on a tight budget. Sometimes you might find a splurge.

Hopefully you'll find something here that you like!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spicy Sausage, Cheese Tortellini, and Vegetable Soup

Spicy Sausage, Cheese Tortellini, and Vegetable Soup
Serving: 8-10

  • 2 cans Del Monte Diced Tomatoes (Basil, Garlic & Oregano)
  • 26 oz Swanson's Cooking Stock - Beef
  • 1 lb spicy hot or medium Italian Sausage (de-case the sausages if ground is not available)
  • 18 oz Progresso Recipe Starter - Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and cut 2-3mm wide)
  • 2 medium zucchini (middle cut out, peeled, and cut into 2-3in fourths)
  • 1 cup quartered baby button mushrooms
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 9 oz Bella Luna "fresh" cheese tortellini (for frozen, put them in with the zuchinni and reduce the water by 1/2 a cup)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt, pepper

  1. Brown the sausage in a large pot. Drain off the grease and set the meat aside (on a paper towel to catch the excess grease).
  2. Sweat the onions, carrots, and garlic. The onions should be slightly translucent, but still have crunch.
  3. Add the sausage back into the pot. Then add in the beef stock, diced tomatoes, water, tomato sauce,  Progresso's Fire Roasted Tomatoes, bay leaf, and 1 TBSP pepper and 1 TBSP salt. 
  4. Cover and turn on high to bring to a boil. Let boil for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn the stove to medium or medium-low until you get a low simmer. Add in the baby button mushrooms and zucchini.
  6. Let cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the zucchini is starting to become soft.
  7. Add in the tortellini and continue cooking at medium of a low boil until the tortellini are cooked to your preferred level of doneness. 
  8. Add in the Parmesan cheese. Let simmer for 5 more minutes.
  9. Serve with garlic bread on the side. Additional Parmesan also adds a nice touch.