Monday, February 22, 2016

Tomato and Chicken Sausage Soup with Tortellini and Spinach

You might wonder how many recipes for tomato tortellini soup a person needs, and I would say "at least two." Two years ago I made this one which I loved because it was based of canned tomato soup, which I always have on hand. And then I found this recipe - which features my new favorite protein, the chicken sausage!

It also includes spinach, which is a total win, cause I can get picky kids to eat spinach when it's in soup. So here we have a soup chock full of good veggies and protein that will warm you up on the coldest of days. It's not too cold here at the moment, but I'm sure we're not done with winter yet so I'm glad to have another soup to count on!

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Tomato and Chicken Sausage Soup with Tortellini and Spinach

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 chicken sausage links, sliced
4 cups chicken broth
1 - 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained and pureed if you like
1 - 14 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup dried tortellini (or 19 oz. refrigerated)
4 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley

Coat the bottom of a large dutch oven with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the sliced chicken sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.

Stir in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook for another 8-10 minutes, or until tortellini is tender. (If you're using fresh or frozen tortellini, it should only take 4-5 minutes.)

Remove the soup from the heat, and stir in the spinach until wilted. Stir in the cream, Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for topping, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Neighbor Food Blog

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