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Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe
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Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

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

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.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
Originally published as Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p33

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.

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"This is wonderful!! Made a few changes based solely on family preferences. Halved the garlic, used all chicken broth, and 1/4 t. Dried basil, then very low simmer (covered) for 30 minutes. My family likes tri color penne , so actually boiled that separately, and set up a "soup bar" where you could assemble this any way you like. Pasta, spinach, ladle soup over , cheese. A huge keeper. Thank you!"

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"The best soup ever!"

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"This soup was amazing! Even if you are not into this type of soup, it is a MUST try. I used red onion, spicy sausage instead of the turkey sausage; chicken broth instead of water (added extra), and a carton of fresh Cherub cherry tomatoes instead of a can of diced tomatoes. Enjoy!"

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Best soup I've ever had."

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Loved it"

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