This is a great family soup. It is filling enough and packed with enough goods that my husband eats it (he prefers a soup that you can eat with a fork), it is tasty but at the same time easy so I love to make it, and it includes some of my kids’ favorite protein-packed foods: smoked sausage and cheese tortellini!
I based this recipe off of a Naptime Chef soup recipe, but I use smoked sausage instead of chicken sausage, and much more of it. I also use a much larger amount of tortellini, namely because my kids like to eat it the most.
If you’re hosting family over the holidays and need something for a crowd, try this! It is filling and full of flavor, but doesn’t break the bank!
What you need:
- 2 T. olive oil
- 16-20 oz. smoked sausage (I like to use the skinless), cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 small or 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 1/2 t. minced garlic
- 1 t. kosher salt
- 1 t. black pepper
- 6-8 c. stock, depending on how broth-y you like your soup! (store-bought or homemade)
- 32 oz. diced tomatoes with juices
- 2 T. chopped fresh basil or 1 T. dried basil
- 19 oz. frozen cheese tortellini
- 6 oz. fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
- parmesan cheese, optional
- cutting board and knife
- large stock pot
Time: 30 minutes
Freezeable: Yes. You may want to freeze it before adding the tortellini and spinach so that they do not get too soft from absorbing extra liquid. If the soup thickens when defrosted, add extra water or stock.
Multiplying the recipe: You would need to make separate batches. This already fills up a stock pot!
Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until carrots are tender and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the smoked sausage, salt, pepper, and garlic and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add the stock, tomatoes, and basil. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
If you are preparing this soup ahead of time, stop here. Reheat soup and add the tortellini and spinach right before serving so that the tortellini does not soak up too much liquid and become soggy.
Add the tortellini and cook for another 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium-low. Add chopped spinach and cook just until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese. and a good piece of bread.