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Italian Sausage (or Chorizo) And Tortellini Soup

1 pound sweet Italian sausage or chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
5 cups beef stock or canned broth
2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium-sized green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano

8 to 10 ounces purchased fresh cheese tortellini
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Saute Italian sausage in heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat
until cooked through, crumbling with back of spoon, about 10 minutes.
using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to large bowl. Pour off all
but 1 tablespoon drippings from Dutch oven. Add onion and garlic
to Dutch oven and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Return
sausage to Dutch oven. Add stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini,
carrot, bell pepper, wine, basil and oregano. Simmer until vegetables
are tender, about 40 minutes.

Add tortellini to soup and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls.
Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

6 Servings


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