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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grilled Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I decided to try another of the Gold'N Plump chicken sausage package I was asked to sample. This was is a parmesan Italian sausage. I tossed this on the grill with some other items, but as usual, we had WAY too much food to eat, so we had a massive amount of leftovers. 

These weren't spicy like the other sausages we had, they were fairly mild in flavor, but had that nice char from grilling. I thought about re-purposing them on a pizza, but it was a cold, rainy day, so soup sounded like a better idea. 

I just threw this together with ingredients we had on hand, and it was a great way to use up the left over sausage. We always have home canned spaghetti sauce on hand, but store bought will do as well. And yes, I really did use frozen tortellini ! I know...not homemade pasta, but it was quick, easy, and tasty on a rainy summer night.

Grilled Sausage and Tortellini Soup
1 package Gold'n Plump Chicken Parmesan Italian Sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart spaghetti sauce
4 cups water
4 tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 package frozen, prepared tortellini
Grated parmesan cheese, for garnish

Grill or cook sausage, according to package directions, let cool and slice. In a large dutch oven, saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add spaghetti sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, add tomatoes and spices, and stir. Add tortellini, and simmer until tortellini are puffy and soft, about 30 minutes. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese;

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