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Italian Tortellini Soup with Chicken Sausage

Italian Tortellini Soup with Chicken Sausage

Italian Tortellini Soup

Quick and easy…….easy and quick……..healthy-ish. That is what Italian Tortellini Soup with Chicken Sausage is…….plus all kinds of yummy!!!!!

Sometimes, time is of the essence…….or if you are like me………I’m just damn lazy sometimes! I know eating out is always an option, but truth be told, I would rather cook then get all ready to go out in public.

News Flash……..I am a gobber ! At home…..I’m a bona fide sweatpant, white muscle shirt,sports bra, no makeup, hair in a clip, girl gobber. In my early twenties, I lived to dress up. I never left the house without makeup, hair done……..I mean for Gods sake, someone might see me!!!!

Well……..I’m over most of that. I’m still  not crazy about going with out at least a bit of make up, and looking presentable. So, that’s why I would rather cook than go out and have to give up my gobber girl look. Besides……. easy or difficult I do love to cook.

After having the past few weeks go by in what seems to be a flash………Vegas……sick…….back to work….. still not feeling totally great……..I was ready for a easy quick recipe.

This recipes origin was from one of those supermarket cash register cookbooks, you know the ones at the checkout that beg to be bought while you are standing in line. The original recipe had Italian sausage, but in an effort to be healthy- ish and easy, I bought the Johnsonville chicken sausages…….3 cheese Italian. If you have never tried these, do! They are awesome and come in other flavors. Lower in fat and calories than regular sausage……..bonus…….they are pre cooked.

This is a really basic soup recipe, although it’s a little thicker than soup, not quite a stew. The ingredients are stuff you may just have in your pantry/cupboard already…….notice I added cupboard……..I only wish I had a pantry, and to those of you who do……lucky you!

Italian Tortellini Soup

Just your regular Italian spices, basil, oregano, fennel seeds, a pinch of red pepper flakes, some onion and garlic, add the sausage…….a couple of kinds of tomato, chicken broth to thin it out, simmer for 10 minutes,add the tortellini cook until al dente and oh la la……wait….that’s French, oh well it’s tasty is what it is.

Some fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese to top it off and serve with some garlic bread sticks or your favorite Italian bread.

It yummy, hearty, healthy-ish, warm, and best of all……. easy!

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Italian Tortellini Soup

Italian Tortellini Soup with Chicken Sausage

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon basil,dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed,crushed
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 112 oz. package Johnsonville 3 Cheese Italian Style Chicken Sausage,sliced
  • 19 oz. package fresh cheese tortellini
  • 128 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 114.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley,chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, for topping

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Sauté onion,basil,oregano,fennel seed, red pepper flakes,and garlic until onions are wilted and starting to turn translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add sliced sausage and heat through. Add both tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.stir in parsley. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Keywords: chicken sausage, tomato, tortellini, soup, easy

Italian Tortellini Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup……….even the name sounds silky and elegant. That is just what this soup is, and it has no cream in it………What you say no cream?????

I know I was amazed too! I have made plenty of cream soup, but they have all got their creaminess from heavy cream. But heavy cream has a lot of calories, and a lot of fat so, what to do to reduce that??

I have seen recipes what have used instant potatoes to thicken soups, so I wondered if a regular potato would work. Low and behold it did! Adding some onion and garlic to the asparagus gave it just the right underlying taste. The only other thing it needed was salt and pepper.

Cream of Asparagus Soup 1

Now, I have have one of those handy immersion blenders, and next to my Kitchen Aide stand mixer, it is one of the best gadgets I own. It works like a blender but with NO, I repeat, No big mess to cleanup after, just plug it in, stick it in your pan, and blend away. There are many versions on the market, do yourself a favor and get one…….. you won’t be sorry.

Now, I did want to add just a touch of cream with out using cream, so sour cream (low-fat) is a great substitute. You just need a small amount to make a big impact.

I garnished the soup with some beautiful reserved asparagus tips that I blanched until just tender crisp, and just a few slivers of parmesan cheese.

Serve it with a rustic loaf of French bread, and it’s a great light lunch or dinner.

Of course, as always if you have your own asparagus …………….Yum! I am still gushing over ours, it is fabulous!

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Cream Soup with out the cream!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons low fat sour cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté on low for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Trim asparagus, removing tough ends, and cut into 2 inch pieces, reserving the tips for garnish
  3. Add diced potato and asparagus pieces to onion and garlic in the pot. Add chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender. While asparagus is cooking, blanch tips until tender crisp, cool under running water and set aside for garnish.
  4. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender puree until smooth (alternately you can puree mixture in a regular blender in batches, then return to pot). Stir in sour cream until well blended.
  5. Ladle into serving bowls, garnishing with asparagus tips and parmesan cheese.

Keywords: asparagus, soup, healthy,

 

 

 

 

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

After we posted the Poor Mans Lobster Recipe………..which I know you all will be making for Valentines Day, our conversation was still about the food we served at Waldo Stubbs.  It was such a large part of people’s lives, not only the place, but the food. Several readers ask if we had the recipe for Hamburger Soup, which was served every Wednesday along with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It was the most popular soup at the restaurant.

Well, we did not have the original recipe, but after much brain-storming, we think we have recreated the recipe. For those of you who remember the soup try it and let us know if we succeeded. If you have noooooo idea what we are talking about, just try it and you’ll know what all the fuss is/was about! Continue reading “Hamburger Soup”