Friday, October 7, 2011

Tonight's dinner: Italian Tortellini Soup

While this isn't a crockpot recipe, it's quick and easy to make.  Perfect for a chilly Friday night in October!

Italian Tortellini Soup

1 lb. ground sausage (I use sweet)
2 C. water
32 oz. chicken broth
13 oz. bag frozen cheese tortellini
14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes
3/4 t. dried basil
Salt & pepper

Cook the sausage until it's no longer pink, drain fat if necessary.  Add sausage, tomatoes, water, & spices to a large pot.  Bring to a boil; add the tortellini, cooking on medium heat for 7-8 minutes.  Then add the spinach.  Usually I chop it, but tonight I'm too crabby, so I just dumped the whole bag in there. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Serve with bread & butter; dinner is done!
I've also tried this with some red pepper flakes sprinkled in, and it gives it a great kick!  The leftovers (if there are any), are even better the next day!

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