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Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup

 Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
This is my favorite soup recipe. It's quick to fix on a busy night and full of healthy, tasty ingredients. It originally called for spicy sausage links, but I've found that turkey sausage, or even ground turkey breast, is just as good. —Tracy Fasnacht, Irwin, Pennsylvania
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 Italian turkey sausage links (4 ounces each), casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • Crumble sausage into a Dutch oven; add onion. Cook and stir over
  • medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute
  • longer. Stir in the broth, water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
  • Add tortellini; return to a boil. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until
  • tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; add the spinach, basil,
  • pepper and pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach
  • is wilted. Serve with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings (2
  • quarts).

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Nutritional Facts: 1-1/3 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 203 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 878 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein.