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Tortellini and Italian Sausage Soup recipe

Tortellini and Italian Sausage Soup.Don’t let the longlist of ingredients discourage you, the extra effort is wellworth the end result, a deliciously flavorful soup the wholefamily is sure to love.

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Recipe: Tortellini and ItalianSausage Soup

1/2 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 large bay leaf
1 pound bulk sweet or spicy Italian sausage*
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes in juice, undrained
4 cups water (more if needed)
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
2 carrots, pared and thinly sliced
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained andrinsed
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 (12-ounce) package cheese tortellini, cooked according to directions
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

  • In a small bowl mix the anise seeds, basilleaves, oregano leaves and bay leaf; set aside.
  • In large cooking pot brown sausage anddrain. Move the cooked sausage over to one side of the pot; addthe olive oil and over medium heat, add the spice mixture andcook for about 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Mix in with thesausage. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onion has softened.
  • Add the tomato paste and continue cookingfor 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Add the tomatoes, water,salt, pepper, brown sugar, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.Bring to a boil; add the bell pepper and carrots and cook untilcarrots are tender.
  • Add the cannellini and zucchini and cookfor another 10 minutes, or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Removesoup from heat and stir in the cooked cheese tortellini.
  • Top each serving with 1 tablespoon Parmesancheese, if desired.

    Makes 8 servings.

    *Or use link sausages and remove from casings.

    Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8of recipe; includes 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese per serving.):279.1 calories; 28% calories from fat; 9.0g total fat; 18.5mgcholesterol; 1166.7mg sodium; 1207.0mg potassium; 34.5g carbohydrates;7.5g fiber; 9.3g sugar; 27.0g net carbs; 18.0g protein.

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