Savory Italian Stew

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour


8 servings (2 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
My niece shared this recipe with me, and whenever I’ve served it, I get requests for the recipe. The sausage, tortellini, tomatoes, zucchini and herbs make it different from typical stews featuring meat and potatoes. It’s a hearty one-dish meal that’s simple to prepare.


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrot, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  3. Gently stir in the tortellini, zucchini, green pepper and parsley. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tortellini is tender. Serve with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 233 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 919mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.