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Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Serving Size:Serves 6


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup garlic cloves
  • 5 cups beef stock or canned broth (chicken can be substituted)
  • 2 cups (about 3/4 lb) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 large zucchini sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 9 oz Nuovo Pasta Ricotta and Parmesan Tortellini
  • freshly grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper, to taste



This hearty soup is quick and can be prepared in advance making weeknight meal a snap. Serve with crusty bread and Riverland or Monterey Coast Merlot.


Sauté sausage in heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat until cooked through, crumbling with back of a 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 and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Return sausage. Add stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, bell pepper, wine, basil and oregano. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerated. Bring to a simmer before continuing.)

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