Tortellini Sausage Soup (From Our Best Bites Blog)
3 links Italian sausage * (I used 12 oz. of Jimmy Dean's Hot Sausage) 4 cloves pressed garlic 1 onion, diced ½ c. water 2 15-oz. cans chicken broth ½ c. apple cider (don’t leave this out! I did once and it wasn’t the same…) 1 16-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce 1 c. sliced carrots 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried oregano 2 medium zucchini, grated (great way to use your food processor if you have one) 2 tablespoons dried parsley
8-10 oz. package cheese tortellini (check the freezer section of your grocery store; if you can find it there, it will almost always be way cheaper than fresh tortellini. Also, Barilla makes a great dry cheese tortellini) 2 Tbsp. dried parsley (yes, that’s two tablespoons)
If you’re using link sausage, remove the casings and crumble into a large soup pot. To remove the casings, you can use a sharp knife to cut a slit down one side of the sausage and then peel back the casing.
Chop onion and add to pot with garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Continue cooking until onions are translucent and your sausage is cooked. Your house will smell heavenly.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, juice, water, chicken broth, carrots, oregano, and basil. Cover and simmer for 1/2 hour. Add parsley and zucchini and simmer for another 15 minutes or so. Add the tortellini and cook until tender, and then serve with bread and freshly-grated Parmesan.