Friday, November 12, 2010

Tortellini, Turkey Sausage, and Veggie Soup

I saw a package of whole wheat cheese tortellini in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and thought they would be great in a healthy soup.  I added lots of turkey sausage and veggies to make it a balanced soup.  Can you believe my kids and husband ate all of their dinner?  If you read my blog regularly, you know how my kids pout and slowly pick at their soup until it's time for them to leave the dinner table.  I usually have to bribe them with dessert or extra TV time before bed.  Not tonight...I was one happy Mama!  I made a one pot soup in 30 minutes and we all enjoyed it.


1 T olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 zucchini, cut into bite size pieces
1 pkg Hillshire Farms smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite size pieces
1 - 15 oz. petite diced tomatoes, with juice
1 - 32 oz. carton chicken stock
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
kosher salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 small package fresh whole wheat cheese tortellini
2 handfuls of fresh spinach, stems removed

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook another minute.  Add the zucchini, sausage, diced tomatoes with juice, chicken stock, and seasonings.  Stir well and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cook for 8 minutes.  Add the tortellini and cook another 7 minutes.  Toss in 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach and stir.  Remove from heat and serve.  Enjoy!

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