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When it’s 12° Only Soup Will Do

100_1038In the Region of Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy the tortellini was born.  It is unclear why it is named tortellini; perhaps because of the architectural structures using a tortoise shell for inspiration but also the pasta is called little navels (ombelico) reminding some of the navel of Venus.

This divine reference is perfect for how this tortellini soup tasted and warmed us through and through tonight.  I think Venus herself might have relished this soup.   Just smelling it cook gives one a feeling of warmth.

If you would like to warm up the same way just gather these ingredients from the pantry and refrigerator:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced100_1042
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 scallion, sliced thinly
  • a pinch each of salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 lb pork sausage or ground turkey (turkey will need Italian seasoning)
  • one 15 oz. can diced regular or roasted tomato
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 3 cans (from the tomatoes) water
  • 1/2 package thawed frozen spinach
  • 1/2 lb fresh 3 cheese tortellini

First, in a dutch oven or stock pot saute the onion, m100_1045ushrooms, garlic and scallion in olive oil until the onions brown a bit. Brown off the meat, add seasoning if necessary, then add the tomatoes with the juice to 100_1048deglaze the bottom of the pot.  Add the stock, cans of water, and bouillon cubes and stir.  When 100_1046the spinach is thawed remove half from the box and put it on a paper towel.  At the sink squeeze out as much liquid as possible, open the towel and place the spinach in the pot and stir until it breaks apart.  Let the soup come to a boil, add the tortellini and 100_1047let it boil for about 5 minutes or until the tortellini it is tender.

This only takes a little more time than boiling a big pot of water but instead of just hot water you get a delicious, nutritious body warming soup with such a depth of flavor you won’t believe could happen so fast.  It will fill you up as well.  On a chilly January night what more could one ask?

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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!