Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup + Weekly Dinner Menu.




It was in the 20's last night and I know that I shouldn't be complaining because a lot of y'all are facing negative temperatures right now. But that is not ok for Charleston. This type of weather demands hot soup, fuzzy socks, and a roaring fire. Try this one tonight! 


Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
Recipe and photo from Two Peas and Their Pod

1 lb. Italian Sausage, rolled into 1/4 teaspoon size balls
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped kale
2 cups cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

In a large skillet, brown the mini sausage balls until cooked through. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Drain off the grease and place the sausage balls on a plate lined with paper towels.

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the red peppers, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes. Cook until peppers are soft, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the broth, tomatoes, and kale. Add the cheese tortellini and cook until tortellini is tender, 7-8 minutes. Stir in the fresh basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the mini sausage balls and heat until warm. Remove the bay leaf and serve.
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Here's what's on our dinner menu this week..
Monday - Chicken enchiladas with rice
Wednesday - Sundried tomato and feta turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes
Thursday - Trader Joe's Greek chicken with orzo
 Friday Angel Oak with the supper club for Restaurant Week!
Saturday - Grilling steaks with the parents
Sunday - Trader Joe's chicken fettuccine alfredo

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19 comments :

  1. I have a sausage tortellini soup on deck for this month, too -- I'm so excited to try it! And my husband makes so much fun of me - I get so excited about meal planning, but it's so much easier!
    - Catherine

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  2. That soup looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. yum! looks so tasty, perfect for cold nights. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. I've gotta try that meatloaf. I always hated it growing up but adding feta and sundried tomatoes makes it actually sound good!

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  5. Oooh... let us know how that TJ's greek chicken goes!

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  6. It is freezing here in Pittsburgh, that soup looks amazing, and perfect for a cold night like tonight.

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  7. I need to try that meatloaf!!! It sounds amazing!!

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  8. That is the perfect comfort food right there - meat and pasta :) Love seeing your menus!

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  9. you love soup more than anyone i know. love it. i saw this greek chicken orzo soup at publix the other day and almost sent you a pic. i wonder if it's any good!

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  10. Oh my gosh, that looks delicious! Will have to try!!

    xo,
    Heather

    http://reverieno17.blogspot.com

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  11. Yum, that tortellini soup looks so good! I'll have to make that one soon.

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  12. I wish I had tried this the other night! I used some Italian sausage and tortellini in a Crockpot recipe found on Pinterest. Just ok.

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  13. your meal list puts my week to shame #singlepeopleproblems #passthetvdinner

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  14. We just had soup for dinner too, but it wasn't nearly as yummy as that tortellini & sausage soup looks. Gonna have to try that one and I've never seen the TJ's Greek Chicken. Is it in the frozen section?

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  15. Too funny..I am posting a recipe for a tortellini soup with sausage tomorrow, too! Mine has a creamy tomato base, though! Yours is probably a great lighter version!

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  16. Thank you for posting the soup recipe- I made it last night and it was fantastic! The change I made was to use corn and zucchini instead of bell peppers and kale since I didn't have those on hand. LOVED IT!

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  17. I'm going to have to try this recipe! We love that TJ's entree!

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