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Soup For A Snowy Day

When the in laws were in town over the Thanksgiving holiday I made this delicious tortellini soup.    Snow is in the forecast for Christmas and I want to have a big pot of

The meaty part of the soup

The meaty part of the soup

soup ready for the next set of relatives that might happen by.  Today this Christmas eve, with wind chills in the 20’s and a leaden sky, it’s the perfect day for a flavorful savory soup like this.  I’m making a huge pot to feed as many cold and hungry travelers as I can in the next couple of days.  It’s so easy to make too.

The Italian part of the soup

The Italian part of the soup

 

These are the ingredients you’ll need to put in a good size stock pot:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 links of salcicca Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 32 oz. box of beef or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 15 oz can of Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1  9-12 oz. package of fresh tortellini
  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Brown the onions, the meat, and deglaze with a bit of broth

Brown the onions, the meat, and deglaze with a bit of broth

First, heat the olive oil in the pot, add the onion.  Let it get a bit browned on the edges and add the sausage.  Cook it thoroughly,

When the soup is boiling add the pasta

When the soup is boiling add the pasta

breaking it up while it browns.  Add a bit of the broth to deglaze the pot.  Stir, scraping the bottom of the brown bits until it is all

Add  the spinach and let it all boil for about 10 minutes before serving

Add the spinach and let it all boil for about 10 minutes before serving

dissolved into the liquid.  Add the rest of the broth, tomatoes, water, salt, and spices and bring to a boil.  When the soup is boiling add the tortellini and spinach and boil for about 10 minutes.  Lower the flame,  serve some up, and let it warm you all up on the inside.  With this in your tummy you’ll be able to tolerate scraping off the windshield, making snowmen, and shoveling off the walk so much better.  Have a very Merry (and warm) Christmas everyone!

Looks so Christmasy!

Looks so Christmasy!

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2 responses

  1. avian101

    I’d like to try this soup with all beef ingredients! Looks fantastic! Great recipe Signorina Diva! 🙂

    December 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  2. Thanks Avian. I keep in mind that not everyone likes pork or even meat, so it can be omitted or substituted most times. If ground beef is used in this soup, a pinch of fennel seed and a little oregano would give you a flavor similar to the sausage.

    December 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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